The final bolt has been placed in the new £6m Morley Newlands Primary School.
Pupil Odin Powell was chosen from hundreds of children to fit the ceremonial last piece in the metal skeleton of the new 700 pupil facility, which is due to open in September 2014.
The Year 5 pupil wrote an emotive article about what the new school building will mean to him, prompting staff to select him to board a cherry picker to go up and secure the bolt in front of all of the whole school.
All the school’s pupils were also given the chance to sign a metal girder that will form part of the building.
The school is having a new 3,200sqm building constructed on its playing fields to replace the current aging facilities and temporary classrooms.
Headteacher Adrian Stygall said: “It’s a bit of history in the making. We have battled against a very difficult building, we have had floods and bursts and very, very cold days.
“The new building will be a state of the art, wonderful structure that’s going to be the best designed school in Leeds.”
The new building will feature a mix of classrooms and open spaces as well as a large community hub and two large halls which will be available to the wider community.
It will also allow it to cater to over 220 more pupils, aged three to 11, than it does at present, while staff levels will also increase from 60 to almost 90 within six years of the new site opening in September 2014.
Morley MP Ed Balls said: “It’s fabulous to see the new Morley Newlands school take shape. Having good buildings and spaces in which to learn is so important and makes a real difference to children’s learning.
“I can’t wait to see our new Morley school finished.”