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Posted on: 22/09/2017

Bishop of Swindon blesses site of Swindon’s new Church of England Secondary Academy

The Rt Revd Dr Lee Rayfield, Bishop of Swindon, has blessed the construction site of The Deanery Church of England Academy, on the Wichelstowe development. After the blessing, the Bishop cut turf from the site of the school’s auditorium using a silver spade. Sixty people attended the event including; John Swainston, CEO of the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust, Richard Parker, Chair of the Trust’s Board of Directors and The Deanery’s Shadow Local Board of Governors, Cllr Fionuala Foley, Cabinet Member for Children’s Service and School Attainment, David Hayley Director for Children’s Services, Neil Dorrington Construction Director for the project from BAM Construction, a number of Local Ward Members and Stephen Harcourt, Chair of Wroughton Parish Council. They were joined by headteachers and pupils from East Wichel Primary School, South Marston CE Academy, St Francis CE Primary, Oliver Tompkins CE Junior School, Tadpole Farm CE Academy, King William Street CE Primary School and Bishopstone CE Primary. The pupils came mainly from the current Year 5, who will be some of the first pupils to attend the Academy when it opens in September 2019. Also attending were Elisabeth Gilpin, headteacher of the outstanding St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in Bristol, a key partner in the development of the school, Revd Clive Deverell, the Swindon Area Dean and Linda Culling, The Deanery’s Principal Designate. The cutting of the turf symbolised not only the beginning of the construction of The Deanery but the real start of activity on the next phase of the Wichelstowe development. With work on road and canal infrastructure due to commence this autumn and construction of the Hall and Woodhouse pub/restaurant and the first houses scheduled for early in 2018, things are really beginning to move forward The £26.5 million Academy will be built by BAM construction. The Deanery will have enhanced sports and arts facilities as well as specialist suites for science, and design technology. In addition to meeting the need created by the new development, as the first Church of England Secondary School in Swindon, The Deanery will increase choice for parents across the Borough.Read More

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