On Saturday 25 March 2017, the Chair of the Trustees for Bellevue Place Education Trust, Claire Delaney, officially opened Whitehall Park School. The formal event was very well attended with staff, pupils, parents and members of the local community all showing their support for the school. It was a red carpet event with an impressive reception arranged by parents.
Since opening in 2014, the school has been based at various temporary sites including accommodation on Ashmount Road, whilst awaiting planning permission for the permanent building. The acceptance of planning permission came as a big relief for everyone in October 2015 as it secured a permanent and state-of-the-art building for the future. The new building has been specifically designed as a primary school with large, bright classrooms, a Hall, an Early Years outdoor learning area and a large playground. There is also a large rooftop playground, which provides the children with amazing views of the London skyline. The school is an excellent provision for a new inner-London primary school.
Fortunately, the weather on Saturday was excellent and Claire cut the tape to officially open the building as the first children walked through the doors. In her opening speech, Claire thanked the building team, families and staff who all worked tirelessly to ensure the school would be ready in time. “I feel very honoured to have opened this amazing new building for everyone at Whitehall Park School. Thanks again to everyone who has supported the school along it’s exciting and long journey!”.
Once the tape had been cut, the Headteacher Laura Birkett gave a passionate speech saying “I’m so proud of this school and thankful to everyone who has helped us get into our final building. Can’t wait to see what the future will bring for Whitehall Park School.” Blue and white balloons were then released into the sky by the children.
Mark Greatrex, CEO of Bellevue Place Education Trust said “Wonderful opening celebration for Whitehall Park School today. Parent and staff put on a great event, showing off their inspiring new school.”
The local Islington Tribune also covered the event, click here to read the article.