Friday, 11 September 2009

I moved on to the brilliant new Swallow Hill Community College building...

Bernard Knowles, headteacher, and his colleagues have worked incredibly hard to get the fantastic new building ready for the new term, the new students and the challenges ahead. The merger of West Leeds and Wortley High Schools has been a major project and it was wonderful to see the colleagues who have worked so hard to deliver this complex piece of work and at the same time maintain a strong focus on standards and outcomes for the young people at both schools.

I was joined at the school by Cllr Richard Harker and John Battle MP who have been hugely influential and supportive as we have worked to deliver this next element of the Building Schools for the Future programme. It was John Battle's vision for schools in this part of Leeds that has shaped the work we have been doing and the students looked great in their new uniform; the now very usual shirt, tie and blazer. Everyone looked really delighted to be in the new building which provides Bernard, his colleagues and his students with a fabulous canvas on which to build a brilliant learning place over the next year.

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