On Thursday 17 May 2012 the newly built and refurbished Heworth Grange School was officially opened by the Mayor of Gateshead, Councillor Joe Mitchinson.
In his speech he praised the people involved in designing and building the new school and thanked others, most notably Gateshead Council, for their support during the project. He remarked that the aspirations of the project at the outset; more flexible learning spaces, high quality social spaces, better use of outdoor areas and an infusion of new digital technology, had all been met.
His thoughts were echoed by Headteacher Chris Richardson who described the new school as a ‘significant public building’ which ‘paid fitting tribute to the important work that went on inside it’. He also thanked the staff and students for their forbearance and good humour during the construction period.
Following a short introduction by Chair of Governors, David Napier, the Mayor unveiled a plaque commemorating the event which will go on display inside the school.
Finally a vote of thanks was proposed by school council members Alice Thompson and Harry Spry and flowers were presented to Councillor Angela Douglas, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and Shirley Headlam, the Headteacher’s PA who organised the evening.
The event was attended by a large number of friends and stakeholders of the school including senior members of Gateshead Council, representatives from Carillion Building PLC, local councillors, headteachers from other Gateshead schools, staff and students.
The evening closed with a tour of the new facilities hosted by the very proud Heworth Grange students.[nggallery id=50]