St Margaret’s officially opens £2 million facilities

St Margaret’s Church of England Academy (SMA) celebrated the official opening of its new facilities this week (14 November).

The Rt Revd Paul Bayes officially opened the Aigburth school’s new teaching facilities at the ceremony, alongside the Lord Mayor Cllr Roz Gladden and Consort, as well as the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Ann O’Byrne.

The new state of the art teaching facilities include a new drama theatre and food technology suite, alongside new dining facilities. The £2 million investment was delivered as part of Mayor Joe Anderson’s £169 million Liverpool School Investment Programme.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ann O’Byrne, says: “Our pupils deserve the very best education and these new facilities at St Margaret’s are already making a massive difference, enabling them to extend their range of academic and vocational courses, giving students more choice in the subjects they can study.”

St Margaret’s officially opens £2 million facilities


On the day, guests enjoyed a tour of the new facilities before Bishop Paul led the official opening ceremony in the new drama hall. Bishop Paul also led a question and answer session with pupils, similar to the format of this year’s “Grill a Bishop” tour of Liverpool Church of England secondary schools.

The Rt Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool, says: “Providing an all-round education which forms and shapes young people to make a difference is the gift a top quality church school can offer the community. As I opened these state-of-the-art facilities at St Margaret’s I was powerfully reminded of that fact. We can make a difference for generations to come.

Headteacher, Stephen Brierley, adds: “The official opening of the new teaching facilities marks a significant moment in the life of our school, and we were delighted to welcome our special guests into the school to be a part of such a momentous day.

“This marks the beginning of what is set to be an exciting time for SMA, as we develop our thoroughly modern curriculum, and pupils are given more options and greater flexibility to find the right path for them. This new era has been cemented by Bishop Paul’s fitting and inspirational words to pupils.”

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