The final alterations are being made to convert a former office block in Northampton town centre into a primary school ahead of the arrival of the first 30 pupils next month.
The Chronicle & Echo was given a tour this week of Stirling House in Cliftonville which has been transformed into a primary school which will be an annex of Abington Vale Primary.
The school is due to open for the first time on September 3 with 30 foundation stage children being looked after by six members of staff, including a teacher, two teaching assistants, two senior leaders and a receptionist.
Mark Currell, headteacher of Abington Vale Primary, said he was excited about the opening of the school and was extremely happy with the way the building had been converted.
He said:“The whole idea is finding a new way of preparing children for the outside world.
“I’ve got the feeling this school could really put Northampton on the map in education terms as it is a really exciting project. I want to show people existing buildings can be converted into schools.
“I’m really excited about how we’re going to creatively use the building and produce something totally different to the usual learning space.”
Residents living near the school have expressed concerns about extra traffic and parking problems caused by the new school but Mr Currell said parents would be encouraged to walk their children to school as much as possible.
He said: “It is a local school for local children and we have provided places for children in the town centre which was needed. We hope most children will be able to walk to school.”
Mr Currell said he was planning to have the reception and year one children on the bottom floor of the office block with year two, three and four children on the third floor and year five and six pupils on the second floor.
Cabinet members agreed last year to buy the block for £1.6 million and £1.3 million has been spent refurbishing it. The school will eventually have 210 pupils. A plan to have a playground on the roof of the office block was rejected by planning officials last year.