‘Deliciously Ella’ helps open Isle of Ely Primary School with plaque unveiling and cookery demonstration

Official opening of the new Isle of Ely School

Official opening of the new Isle of Ely School - Credit: Archant

A best-selling cookbook author was among crowds of people at the official opening of Isle of Ely Primary School this morning.

Official opening of the new Isle of Ely School

Official opening of the new Isle of Ely School - Credit: Archant

Ella Mills, of ‘Deliciously Ella’ fame, attended in her new role as an ambassador for children’s mental health charity, Place2Be, who work in partnership with the school.

Miss Mills unveiled a plaque on the school building before holding a cookery demonstration with children.

She said: “It’s fantastic to see first-hand how Place2Be helps to support children’s emotional wellbeing in school.

Official opening of the new Isle of Ely School Ella Mills opened the school

Official opening of the new Isle of Ely School Ella Mills opened the school - Credit: Archant

“I feel passionately about promoting the importance of mental health as well as physical health and see the benefit of children having access to emotional support at the earliest possible opportunity.”


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The school has a capacity of 630 and a 52-place nursery, named Little Elvers, which is opening later this month.

Executive headteacher Bryony Surtees said: “Our fantastic indoor and outdoor facilities have further enhanced our provision and the children enjoy learning here.

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“Place2Be are an important part of the school, supporting our children’s emotional wellbeing through Place2Talk and therapeutic services. The integrated approach ensures the whole school community is supported.”

Place2Be is the UK’s leading provider of school-based mental health services and works with 282 primary and secondary schools across the country.

Gary Peile, CEO of The Active Learning Trust (which runs the school), and Olivia Curno, director of fundraising for Place2Be, were also at the opening as well as school staff and parents.

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