Archbishop Longley blesses state-of-the-art IT facilities at Catholic college in Worcester

On October 14 Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham was welcomed to the Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College in Worcester to bless and open the college’s new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) suite.

The building was funded through DFE diploma funding channelled through Worcester County Council, with a 20 per cent contribution to the total cost by the board of governors in order to secure the overall fund. The state-of-the-art facilities cost £570,000. The college was very pleased that Archbishop Longley was able to open and bless the new building.

The three classrooms are fully equipped with the latest ICT hardware including sound systems. Each room has an automatic lighting systems responding to entry and exit by staff and students into the rooms. Disabled access is provided into each of the classrooms and across into the college library. The frontage of the college has been enhanced to provide a welcoming and attractive environment.

Sean Devlin, the principal, said that students love their new classrooms. The logistics in building the room above the college kitchen required that extensive work was carried out on the kitchen and associated infrastructure facilities.

The building has been nominated for an architectural award recognising the work of Hutts Architects and Carters Construction.
On the same day, the archbishop presented Mary Amphlett with a blessing from Pope Benedict XVI. The blessing was in recognition of her tremendous work and commitment to Catholic education. Mary Amphlett resigned as deputy principal in July. She will be remembered by many students, parents and colleagues.