ST PAUL’S CATHOLIC High School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, was honoured by a visit from Cardinal Cormac MurphyO’Connor, Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster, and Bishop Brian Noble of Shrewsbury, who officially opened and blessed the school with a ceremony and Mass on September 14.
The guests of honour celebrated Mass for pupils and friends of the school where they blessed the school before unveiling a plaque marking the school’s official opening.
Pupils and staff at the school celebrated its opening after a total rebuild, part of the Building Schools for the Future programme.
Some £26.3 million has been invested to provide better facilities for all pupils, allowing an im proved learning environment designed for the pupils’ benefit and a more up to date teaching environment which will help both teachers and pupils.
St Paul’s head teacher, Wiktor Daron, said: “It’s a huge privilege and honour to have the Cardinal and bishop here with us today. They have given us all a sense of inspiration which is something we can carry with us and develop within this new school environment. We believe that the new school will provide the opportunity to do justice to the needs and aspirations of the pupils and their parents.
“It’s great to see pupils enjoying lessons in their new classrooms and I’d like to thank the committed staff who have put in a tremendous amount of effort to ensure this project has been a success and who share my delight in seeing the pupils benefiting from their new purpose built facilities.” Councillor Sheila Newman, executive member for children’s services at Manchester council, said: “This is a tremendous day for everyone involved. St Paul’s is part of Manchester’s Building Schools for the Future programme (BSF), which is far more than just bricks and mortar – it’s about transforming how education is delivered for the benefit of every student in the city.
“I’m sure that such a fantastic opening will only be the start of developing an inspiring learning environment which will be a source of pride for the school and all its pupils as well as the wider community in Wythenshawe.”