The Bishop of Liverpool and Deputy Mayor of Liverpool attended the grand opening of Archbishop Blanch’s new building.
The Church of England School is one of twelve schools across Merseyside to be rebuilt under Liverpool City Council’s £170 million investment scheme, spearheaded by Mayor Joe Anderson.
The deputy Mayor, Councillor Ann O’Byrne and the Bishop of Liverpool, the Rightt Reverend Paul Bayes, were both in attendance and unveiled a plaque to officially open the £16m building.
Councillor O’Byrne said:: “The new school paves the way for a big boost for learning for thousands of our young people over the coming years.
“The new Archbishop Blanch replaces outdated facilities which were past their sell by date, and means it is now set up for modern teaching methods using the latest technology.
“The school is an investment in our young people and their future, as well as the ongoing regeneration of the local neighbourhood.”
The impressive building was designed by Sheppard Robson and built by Willmott Dixon.
Boasting a brand new theatre, recording and dance studios together with state of the art sports facilities, this is an exciting move for the school.
Teachers and pupils celebrated with a ‘values learning’ day for the students around the theme of new beginnings and community.
The new prayer room includes stained glass windows from the two founding schools, St Edmund’s College and Liverpool Girls’ College, harking to the school’s history as well as its bright future.
The Bishop of Liverpool, Rt Revd Paul Bayes, blessed the prayer room as part of the day’s events.
Headteacher, Heather Duggan,(picture above with pupils) said: “This is such an exciting time for everyone involved in the life of Archbishop Blanch – pupils, parents, and teachers alike. We are so excited to mark this new beginning in such a special way.
“We are especially delighted to be having our new prayer room blessed by the Bishop of Liverpool. We strongly believe in instilling Christian values amongst our girls, and this is an occasion which our school can value forever”.