The official opening of All Saints’ Academy in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, was marked on All Saints’ Day.
Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton blessed the building and led a service with the Anglican Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Rev Michael Perham. Britain’s greatest ever Olympian, Sir Steve Redgrave, also took part in the opening. Bishop Lang said: “Together the dioceses of Clifton and Gloucester are showing our commitment to young people, helping them to flourish as individuals and to become active members of our communities.
“All Saints’ Day celebrates the great potential that each one of us can become. It’s a fitting day for the opening of this new academy recognising the great potential of all present and future students.”
Peter Kingham, the principal of All Saints’, said: “All Saints’ is a very special place. The young people have superb facilities, great resources, committed teachers and, above all, a place where they are cared for and can develop and where their God-given talents are recognised and developed.”
All Saints’ Academy opened at the start of the current academic year in a £26 million state-of-the-art building which in its design shows off creation in a special way. At the centre of the building is a copper-domed chapel paid for by both the dioceses of Gloucester and Clifton.