Foundation stones laid for two new Nelson schools

Chairman of Lancashire County Council County Coun. Michael Devaney, County. Coun.Azhar Ali and Bisphop of Burnley the Rt. Rev. John Goddard and pupils from St Paul's Primary School at the laying of the foundation stone.
Chairman of Lancashire County Council County Coun. Michael Devaney, County. Coun.Azhar Ali and Bisphop of Burnley the Rt. Rev. John Goddard and pupils from St Paul's Primary School at the laying of the foundation stone.
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The foundation stones for two new schools in Nelson have been laid.

The ceremonies took place at the new Whitefield Infant and Nursery Unit in Portland Street and the replacement St Paul’s CE Primary School on the site of the old Edge End High School.

Whitefield stone laying

Whitefield stone laying

Both stones were laid by the chairman of Lancashire County Council, County Coun. Michael Devaney.

At the Whitefield ceremony, which was attended by other county councillors, long-serving headteacher Mrs Ethna Cummins and a group of pupils who sang a specially written song marking the occasion, County. Coun. Devaney described the new school as “fantastic and right in the middle of the community where it should be”

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Mrs Cummins said she felt great pride and excitement at the ceremony and said the new school would provide the chance for pupils to flourish and aspire to what they wanted to be.

Whitefield stone laying

Whitefield stone laying

At the unveiling of the St Paul’s stone, attended by present and former county and borough councillors, County Coun. Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for schools, said the new school was a great example of the investment being made by the council in education in Lancashire.

The Bishop of Burnley, the Rt Rev. John Goddard, said: “We should rejoice that the new school continues the lonhg-established partnership between the church and the council.”

Both of the new schools are due to open in September next year with increased pupil numbers.