Pupils with their art work at Elms Bank

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Berry Building Opening Ceremony

Elms Bank was pleased to welcome The Right Honourable Andy Burnham MP and former pupil of the school Melissa Allan to officially open their new building, named in memory of the late Chair of Governors Bill Berry. Bill was a strong advocate of the school and campaigned vigorously to achieve these new facilities for the school. The new building has given pupils much needed access to twelve additional classrooms, a Bistro and Common Room and outdoor multi-use games area.

Mr Burnham has a relationship with the school and has visited previously. Mel Allan, as a wheelchair, user made a passionate case for improvement to Local Authority officers prior to the new building being given approval.

The Headteacher, Governors, pupils and staff also welcomed the MayorOpening , local Councillors, MPs and Officers from the Local Authority to the opening on 9 February. Performances by the students were enjoyed by all before Melissa and Mr Burnham cut the ribbon to officially open the building.

Melissa and Mr Burnham then joined the school’s football team for a penalty shoot-out on the new games area followed by joining other guests to enjoy refreshments prepared and served by students.

Elaine Parkinson Headteacher said, “It was a wonderful day of celebration and we are very proud to name our new building after Bill Berry our late Chair of Governors. The facilities are excellent. Both Andy and Melissa were thrilled to open our building and we are honoured to have both of them as advocates for the young people of Elms Bank”.

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