Bishop Richard visits refurbished St Oswald’s School.

Bishop Richard Blackburn joined staff, parents and pupils at the opening of a new million-pound extension and refurbishment at St Oswald’s School.

Bishop Richard Blackburn, Chair of the Board of Education for the Diocese of Liverpool, joined staff, parents, pupils and The Mayor of Sefton at the opening of a new million-pound extension and refurbishment at St Oswald’s School in Netherton.

Over the past year, classrooms have been extended and refurbished, a new library has been built, and the ICT suite and school hall have been updated. An outdoor covered play area has been created for the infants, as well as new rooms for group work and a glass-panelled classroom, creating a light and bright learning environment. There has also been the creation of a Faith room to help pupils explore different faiths.

Every child in the school took part in a balloon release and Bishop Richard then blessed the school building.

Bishop Richard then led a whole school service and presented St Oswald’s School and St Oswald’s Church with a Church and School Partnership Award.

The award is given to schools and churches that can demonstrate a proven record of working together.

Miss Emma Murtagh, Headteacher at St Oswald’s School said, "We as a school are so proud of the new building that has been created for our children. The benefits for children are obvious, the learning environment is much more productive, there is more space, the classrooms have been modernised and there is more natural light. The ICT suite is really exciting, and will provide even greater opportunities for the children to develop ICT skills! It is a credit to the staff, parents and the children that we functioned normally for the year that the building work took place. However, we are now all reaping the benefits. The opportunities are ever developing for our young people and for now we have a school that reflects that."

Bishop Richard said, “Through the extension of the building, I am sure that St Oswald’s will also be able to further extend the horizons and learning opportunities for all of its pupils. I am particularly impressed by the provision of a new room to explore world faiths, to further promote good citizenship, tolerance and understanding.”