Bishops join celebrations at St Edward’s RC CE VA School
THE Roman Catholic Bishop of Plymouth, The Right Rev Christopher Budd and the Church of England Bishop of Salisbury, The Right Rev Nicholas Holtam will be joining the Mayor of Poole and invited guests at St Edward’s RC CE VA School on Monday, for a grand opening and blessing of the new school buildings.
The event marks completion of a £6 million redevelopment project which has enabled the school to accommodate Year 7 students as part of Borough of Poole’s Age of Transfer programme.
The Mayor of Poole, Councillor Philip Eades, said: “It’s a privilege to be part of these celebrations. The developments will provide a fantastic environment for pupils of St Edward’s RC CE VA School.”
Councillor Janet Walton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children and Families, Borough of Poole, said: “The completion of this project was key to the Borough successfully delivering the Age of Transfer programme at the start of term, which has been an exciting time for everyone involved.”
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The project, delivered by contractor Morgan Sindall and designed by Cube Design Ltd, has created a new building with 16 general classrooms, a learning resource centre, reception and specialist ICT/Computing facilities at the front of the school. The project also involved remodelled science laboratories, art and technology facilities, and new music accommodation comprising a classroom, ensemble room, music technology room and four practice rooms.
Paul Gale, area director of Morgan Sindall, said: “We used our extensive experience of education projects to help deliver the vision for the expanded school and we are sure the staff and pupils will enjoy the newly enhanced facilities.”
Pola Bevan, Headteacher of St Edward’s RC CE VA School, said: “I am delighted that all work was completed in time to welcome all of our students at the start of term. We are enjoying settling into our new surroundings and were excited to hold our first whole school assembly earlier this month.”