A SCHOOL in Newton Aycliffe will open its gates for the final time this month.

The existing Vane Road Primary School building will be demolished on the site, which is home to a newly constructed £5.5m facility to open in September.

A school spokesperson said: “After 59 years standing proud on the edge of the town and welcoming thousands and thousands of youngsters through the gates, we approach the end of a fantastic era for Vane Road Primary School.

“We’d like open the school gates to Vane Road 1, one last time. Please join us for a look around our former school and relive some old school memories as we say goodbye and prepare to open the doors to our brand new building.”

Parents, grandparents, former and current students, and staff are invited to attend the open day from 10am until 5pm on Friday, August 17.