Published: 00:01, 10 September 2017
It has been a week for openings in Ebbsfleet with a new pub, sixth-form centre and primary school all welcoming people for the first time.
The Spring River pub and hotel had a grand opening with live music and an appearance by Mayor of Swanscombe Cllr Lorna Cross, who cut a ribbon.
The Marston’s Inns branch in Ebbsfleet Garden City has 104 rooms and offers food as well as drinks.
Amanda Muir, part of the management team, said: “The opening went very well and we had really positive feedback.
“Lots of people came down and sat in the garden to have a drink and be nosey.”
Ebbsfleet Academy now has a sixth-form centre, known as EA6, which was opened by Dartford MP Gareth Johnson.
The site in Southfleet Road, Swanscombe, welcomed more than 30 teenagers to study a mix of A-levels and the International Baccalaureate programme.
A spokesman for the school said: “We’ve been eagerly awaiting the opening of our sixth-form for some time.
“It’s nice to be able to offer our students the next step in their school career.
“Gareth Johnson gave a really inspiring speech, which was lovely for the students to hear.”
Cherry Orchard Primary Academy opened on Wednesday. It is part of Leigh Academies Trust.
Children and parents were invited to look around the school, meet staff and explore the new building on Tuesday afternoon, with Year 1 and 2 children starting school full-time the next day.
Children in reception class will attend part-time for the first few weeks of term, building up to full-time hours by the fourth week.
Look out for another article on KentOnline and in the Gravesend and Dartford Messengers, giving a look inside Cherry Orchard Primary, in the near future.
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