Bishop Paul blesses new Halebank CE Primary School

Bishop Paul met staff and children at Halebank CE Primary School in Widnes to bless the new school building.

After cutting a ribbon on a commemoration plaque, the bishop had a guided tour of the new building which has been specially designed with the latest features.

Head teacher Gillian Threadgold said that the children were proud to show him their lovely large bright new classrooms.

Canon Janice Collier, vicar of St Mary's Hale and Halebank Church, accompanied him on the visit.

Bishop Paul spoke to pupils about his job and explained the different vestments he wore and then had the honour of cutting the celebratory cake.

Bishop Paul said “it was a pleasure to be able to bless the new Halebank C of E Primary School building. The bright and modern new building will be a real asset for the future of the school where pupils and teachers can learn and celebrate their achievements together as a whole school community. One of the strengths of a church school is its distinctive values and this comes through here in the relationship between the church and school. I give thanks for the partnership here and pray for future success of the school, staff and pupils.”

The new school was constructed by contractors NorthWest Project Co and Morgan Sindall as part of a batch of 12 schools commissioned to be built in the north west of England, by the Education Funding Agency (EFA).