Official opening of the new school building

Maiden Erlegh School in Reading celebrated the official opening of its new, state-of-the-art secondary school on the Crescent Road campus.

The official opening was performed by local MP Rob Wilson in the presence of supporters of the school and other guests including representatives from the Department for Education.

Peter Thomas, founding headteacher and Chief Executive of the Maiden Erlegh Trust said:

“This is a momentous occasion for everyone who has helped to create the new school over the past three years. On behalf of the Maiden Erlegh Trust I would like to thank everyone associated with the project.

“We are delighted with the design and construction of the new school which has surpassed expectations. The learning spaces are light and airy and we like the contemporary feel of the building. Staff and pupils are inspired by these outstanding facilities.”

Rob Wilson MP said:

“The official opening of the brand-new building marks another significant milestone in the life of Maiden Erlegh School in Reading. It’s the culmination of years of hard work on behalf of the leadership team, staff and volunteers - everyone who’s played a part in this journey should be incredibly proud of their contribution to this tangible legacy.

“Now well into its second year, the school is already playing an important role in enhancing choice, diversity and opportunity in education for young people in Reading East. This was the reason I first approached Dr Thomas, with a view to offering a Maiden Erlegh education to young people in my constituency – a vision, as an accomplished leader and educator, he shared passionately. This accomplishment would not have been possible without him and I wish him all the best for what will be a well-deserved retirement.

“With a full school of 360 pupils – and many more still on the waiting list – Maiden Erlegh School in Reading is working to champion academic rigour, boost essential skills and deliver improved and transformative life chances for young people in the local community.

“The opening itself will be a very special event and I look forward to sharing it with those who’ve worked determinedly to bring this important and enduring project to fruition.”

Here are a few more photographs of the evening:

 

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