Dedication and official opening with The Bishop of London
On Tuesday 13th October the new school building was officially opened by the Bishop of London, The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE.
In keeping with official guidance, only a limited number of guests could attend including student, staff and governing body representatives from each of the Trust schools, Ealing Council, Kier Construction, the Department of Education, the Mayor of Ealing, the Area Dean and Rupa Huq MP.
The visit started with a tour of the school followed by a Year 7 assembly which highlighted the local connections with Ada Lovelace, whose innovative contribution to computer science inspired the school’s Make the Leap strapline. As the date coincided with Ada Lovelace Day there was a double cause for celebration!
Bishop Sarah then officiated at a service of dedication attended by Year 9 students – our founding cohort.
At the end of the service a commemorative plaque was unveiled, symbolically by students from all four Trust schools. The plaque has now been installed in the main entrance to the school.
The Bishop then went on to Ealing Fields for their official opening and said “It was a pleasure to join staff, students and guests to celebrate this momentous occasion and to dedicate and bless the two new schools. My sincere congratulations and thanks go to all those involved in the project, from the architects and developers to the staff and students. May God bless the schools and their communities that they will flourish.”
Some highlights of the day are captured below: