Archbishop blesses primary school


The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu visited a Northumberland primary school to bless its new £1.5million extension.

The extension at Heddon on the Wall St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School has now increased its size by a third, creating new classrooms and allowing it to accommodate more children.

In September last year, it turned from being a first school into a primary, and now has a capacity to hold 173 pupils. The extension, which has been funded by Northumberland County Council, has also seen the creation of a new secure lobby, a bigger car park, and better facilities for pupils with disabilities.

Archbishop Sentamu took part in a special assembly featuring songs and a dance performance by pupils, before officially blessing the school.

He was then given a guided tour of the school and took part in question and answer sessions with the children.

Archbishop Sentamu said: “Schools should be places where all are able to flourish, the fact that St Andrew’s has grown by a third is recognition that they are doing a brilliant job. I love joining in with children in worship as they have a natural openness to God from which the rest of us can learn. As we worship together, I pray that we will all catch a greater vision of God and all that He has created each one of us to be.”

Headteacher Andrew Wheatley said: “It was an honour and a privilege to welcome the Archbishop to bless both our amazing new facilities and our whole school family. The children have really enjoyed finding out about the Archbishop and what he does.”

Click here to watch a video of the Archbishop's visit to Heddon St Andrew's Primary School.

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