On Monday 5th November Alok Sharma, MP for Reading West, joined Katherine Knight, Chair of Governors at the school, and Neil McIntosh, Chief Executive of CfBT Education Trust, to officially open the new premises of the All Saints Junior Free School in August House, Brownlow Road.
All Saints Juniors is managed by CfBT Education Trust, is Reading’s first Free School and was one of the first Free Schools to open in England under the coalition Government’s programme for independent, state-funded education.
The opening ceremony took place in the school’s newly completed August House building, which has been purpose-renovated in order to convert the building into a school over the course of the last year. The school was packed for the ceremony and parents of pupils were joined by the school’s headteacher Susannah Daniel and Dorothy Yuille of the All Saints Action Group (ASAG).
Alok, who has actively supported plans for the new school since before he became an MP, said: “I was delighted to help in officially opening the All Saints Junior School’s new building and was very impressed with the conversion of August House into a modern and well-equipped school. The new school is a triumph for the local community, has been a fantastic boost for parents and children in the local area and is helping to provide much needed extra school places in Reading.”
Katherine Knight said: “Today is the icing on the cake for us! The school building is wonderful and I love how it has been brought to life by the pupils and staff. It is wonderful to arrive at the gates every day and know that we have created this great school for the community.”
Neil McIntosh said: “CfBT is immensely proud to be the sponsor of one of the first Free Schools. By September 2013 we will have five Free Schools, all keenly supported by parents. A major step in the right direction for English education.”
Photo: Alok cutting the ribbon at the official opening the All Saints Junior School’s new building along with headteacher Susannah Daniel, Neil McIntosh, Chief Executive of CfBT Education Trust, and Katherine Knight, Chair of Governors at All Saints Junior School.