October 11, 2009 1:13 PM

Newcastle's newest school has opened its doors to pupils for the first time.

Brunton First School caters for children aged four to nine and is designed to serve the community being created by the Great Park development.

The school includes six state-of-the-art classrooms, two multi-purpose halls, a studio and a food technology room.

It is also surrounded by extensive grounds, including a football pitch, a multi-use games area, a playground and gardens.

Castle Ward councillor Anita Lower said: "The school is a landmark in the development of the Great Park as a new community needs a school at its heart.

"The Castle Ward Focus Team is really pleased Brunton First School has opened.

"Modern facilities are vitally important to ensure local children make the most of their opportunities."