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Blessing for first of two new primary schools in York.


6:30am 10th February 2011

The Right Reverend Terence Patrick Drainey, Bishop of Middlesbrough, will lay and bless the foundation stone at the new school for the Roman Catholic community in York on Thursday 10 February at 11 o'clock. This ceremony will take place at the English Martyrs RC Primary School site, Hamilton Drive, York, YO24 4JW.

Bishop Drainey will gather to lead the children, parents, staff, local dignitaries and many visitors in song and prayer on this momentous occasion.

This is an exciting venture which brings together two existing school communities from Our Lady's in Acomb and English Martyrs in Hamilton Drive. These two school communities will form the new building Our Lady Queen of Martyrs.

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs will replace the existing two schools built over 50 years ago, which are now too small for the needs of the present and future .

School children. Some fixtures from the present schools will be incorporated in the new build. The cost of the new school, which will hold 420 primary school children and 52 nursery children, is £5.75 million.

This new school, which should be ready for the opening towards the beginning of January 2012, has been designed to take into account the future needs our children will require.

Bishop Drainey said

"The children, parents and staff who have waited, worked, and hoped for a new school for many years are delighted, as I am also, that at long last we are in sight of the fulfilment of our hopes."

Mr Sutherland, Headteacher for Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, said:

"This is an exciting opportunity for two very highly respected schools in the local community to come together into one brand new state of the art school which is great news for catholic education in York."

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