A £2.65m Tynedale school has officially opened its doors.

Hexham MP Guy Opperman attended Haltwhistle’s new Primary Academy with children’s author and ex-pupil, Iona Daley, who opened the building.

Iona Daley was joined by headteacher, Suzie Drake, and current pupils Mason and Charlotte for the ribbon cutting.

The project on Park Avenue has seen the former middle school undergo a major refurbishment to create a new academy, space for community activities and the children’s centre.

It comes after a long-standing campaign by the MP and Northumberland County Council to ensure investment in schools reaches the most rural communities.

The project received funding from Northumberland County Council and WISE Academies - the trust that oversees the running of the school.

 Haltwhistle ward councillor, Ian Hutchinson, and Northumberland County Council cabinet member, Guy Renner-Thompson, were also in attendance at the official opening.

‘’I was delighted to attend the opening by Iona", said MP Guy Opperman. "After many years of campaigning, I am glad we have finally secured the investment the school needs.

"The facilities are state-of-the-art, and I look forward to our children in West Tynedale having the opportunity to learn in these excellent, new facilities.

"As our local MP, I will always fight for more money and better buildings for all our rural schools, so local pupils get the very best education.”

Headteacher, Susie Drake, added: "We are delighted to have successfully moved into our new school site on Park Avenue.

"We are already seeing the benefits of our first class educational facilities and our children are excited by their new, modern classrooms and specialist teaching spaces.

"Our early years department provides a homely, creative setting to spark children's imagination alongside an inspiring location for outdoor adventures.

"The additional capacity across school means that we are able to welcome new families who are looking for excellent teaching and a fantastic learning environment for their children. This is a wonderful opportunity for children in the Haltwhistle area and we are excited about the future for our school community.’’