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Blessing marks end of Poole school’s ambitious £6m redevelopment project
CIVIC dignitaries and religious leaders attended a ceremony to mark the completion of a Poole school’s ambitious £6million redevelopment project.
The Roman Catholic Bishop of Plymouth, the Right Reverend Christopher Budd, and the Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam, attended the grand opening and blessing at St Edward’s RC CE VA School, pictured.
The event, on Monday, marked the completion of the major redevelopment project which was carried out to enable the school to accommodate Year 7 students as part of Borough of Poole’s Age of Transfer programme.
St Edwards’ head teacher Pola Bevan said: “I am delighted that all the 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 assemble earlier this month.”
The project has created a new building with 16 classrooms, a learning resource centre, reception and specialist ICT/computing facilities.
St Edwards’ existing science laboratories and technology facilities were also remodelled during the project.
The project also included new music facilities, including a classroom, ensemble room, music technology room and four practice rooms.
Mayor of Poole, Cllr Phil Eades, who attended the official opening, said: “It is a privilege to be part of these celebrations.
“The developments will provide a fantastic environment for pupils.”
Borough of Poole children and families portfolio holder, Cllr Janet Wilson, 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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