Bluecoat Academy Primary, Nottingham was officially opened and blessed by the Archbishop of York today.
Our design for the 420-place school situated in Harvey Road, Bilborough is the first Church of England Primary school to be opened in Nottingham for more than 10 years. The school has 15 classrooms, a larger than usual hall (part funded by the diocese), spacious learning streets on both floors that provide break-out areas for smaller group or individual learning, a specialist unit for children with autism and a 26-place nursery.
Delivered by Wates through the empa framework, the project has been one of true collaboration and we were delighted to be invited to and attend the official opening and dedication by The Most Reverend & Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York. The Archbishop talked about how Church of England schools were trying to change people’s views about them being a ‘one faith’ school by saying,
“The Government and people have the idea all wrong, they call them ‘faith schools’, and we want to resist this. Church of England schools are for everyone.”
“Parish churches will do weddings, funerals, etc. for anyone of any faith, and that’s what schools are doing. The fact there is a new school opening shows that parents are demanding it.
“I saw in the opening today children of all different backgrounds in the school. Who wouldn’t want to send their childrent to school where the ethos is first God, then neighbour, then you.”
The Archbishop of York is the most senior person of the church in the north of England, so was invited along to bless the school. He previously opened the Trust’s secondary school – Bluecoat Academy – in 2008.
Headteacher Sue-Ellen Shaw said,
“The school encourages all children to ‘strive for life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10).
“As the school grows over the next four years, we look forward to helping the children develop personally, academically and spiritually to achieve their full potential and to move on to the next stage of education as confident and aspirational individuals.”
“We want to thank the Archbishop for carrying us forward in one direction. Today has been a memorable day.”
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