Students, staff and governors were pleased to join partners today at an event to celebrate the ongoing construction at the Campus Whitehaven site.
St Benedict’s representatives along with some from Mayfield School, who will re-locate to the site, joined construction firm Wates Group and funders Cumbria County Council, Sellafield Ltd, NDA, and Copeland Borough Council at the event.
Ian Smith, St Benedict’s headteacher, said: “I’m honoured and I feel quite humbled by the achievements of everyone to get us to this point.”
He said this is a huge investment for the whole community.
“I have always felt that it’s the people that count. However, I know that a state-of-the-art facility can inspire students.
“I’m particularly excited at the prospect of working alongside and in partnership with Mayfield and I think we will develop a super mutually beneficial relationship between the two schools.”
Anna Woolaghan, Year 9 pupil at St Benedict’s said: “It’s brilliant. We are getting really high tech equipment. It’ll bring the community together.”
The two schools will be in two blocks which will be linked by a central block for both. There will be new access onto Moresby Road and Red Lonning.
The scheme also includes new sports pitches, facilities, parking and landscaping on the site.
Over the past few months, major work has been underway to make the site accessible and ready for construction work.