Officially Opening Rodillian School after £28 million investment

Today I had the honour of opening the brilliant new buildings at Rodillian School.

The school has undergone massive transformation, with £28million investment from the Government’s ‘Building Schools for the Future’ programme. There are some fantastic new facilities such as a canopy-covered amphitheatre and two-storey library with state-of-the-art ICT facilities.

As Rodillian School is a specialist arts college, I was entertained by the fantastic musical numbers and dancing performed by some of the pupils. I was introduced by the Head Boy, who also gave a great speech.

I was also able to meet Andrew Goulty, the Headteacher and Chris Edwards who is the Chief Executive of Education Leeds.

If we want to give every child a good start in life, then it’s crucial that young people have the best possible environment in which to learn, with facilities fit for the 21st century. That’s why we started ‘Building Schools for the Future’. It’s the biggest school building programme since Victorian times.

I am delighted that young people here in our area are getting the full benefit of this investment. And the rising standards at the school show the difference it has made to pupils and staff alike.

Kids at the school that I spoke to said that this investment in their education had changed their opinions and perspectives of education, and encouraged them to want to learn. Seeing these improvements – and the positive effect they have had on young people’s approach to school – I know we need to do all we can to keep protecting funding for our schools.

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Posted March 19th, 2010 by Ed