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Service held to welcome new Aldbourne school leader
2:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
ST Michael’s School in Aldbourne officially welcomed its new headteacher Judith Arkwright during a commissioning service on Friday night.
The service was held in St Michael’s Church and was attended by current and past students, parents and staff.
Mrs Arkwright has been teaching at St Michael’s since 2000 and was appointed as headteacher at the beginning of the Easter term, having previously been the deputy headteacher.
During the service, led by the Rev Simon Weeden, she was presented with a Bible and the keys to the school.
She said: “I have to say I’m overwhelmed that the church is so full and it’s so special to have all my teaching staff here and past teaching staff, past pupils and current pupils, it’s really appreciated.”
Building work started in the summer to accommodate the growing numbers of pupils.
This included refurbishing the Old Schoolroom to add an additional, permanent classroom to the school.
After the service, the Rev Weeden blessed the Old Schoolroom and it was officially opened by William Brown, whose family donated the land and funded the building in 1873.
After the blessing, the congregation enjoyed cheese and wine and a tour of the school.
Mrs Arkwright said: “I am delighted with the new look St Michael’s. Our fantastic learning environment has been further enhanced with the changes we have been able to make over the summer holidays.
“The refurbishment of the Old Schoolroom has provided us with a much-needed additional classroom. This building project wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our parents, the Aldbourne community and by the fantastic fundraising efforts of our parents’ association.”