Horwich Parish CE School staff and children were delighted to welcome a large number of visitors on Monday for the celebration of the completion of the extension to our Key Stage 1 building. The project which has cost over £600,000 was funded mainly through the Locally Controlled building programme for voluntary Aided schools, which brings together the Diocese of Manchester and Bolton Council. As a voluntary aided school, Horwich Parish have had to find 10% of the cost, and this has been done through grants from the Diocese, from Holy Trinity Parochial Church Council, and from businesses and individuals, including parents of children at the school.
The extension has provided double the space for the Year 1 classrooms, and improved the accommodation for Reception and Year 2, with a fantastic new decked area and outdoor space for the Reception children to use. There has also been a new heating boiler and improvements to the facilities for the building.
Guests visiting the school for the event on Monday included Rt Revd Mark Davies, Bishop of Middleton, the Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education. The bishop had the job of cutting the ribbon and declaring the new extension open. The school also welcomed Canon Maurice Smith CB, Diocesan Director of Education, as well as other representatives from the Diocese and Bolton Council, the local church, PTA and other parents.
Parent governor Amanda Procter commented,” The opening ceremony was a very joyful experience. The children are such a credit to the hard work that makes Horwich Parish a lovely learning environment.”
Headteacher Alan Beedie said, “It has been a marvellous opportunity to invite the many people and organisations who helped our building project to become a reality, and to thank them for the part they have played. The new extension will make a huge difference to the learning opportunities for our children for years to come.”