VIP Opening for Oakwood SchoolPublished Friday, 27th October 2017
Secretary of State and former Rotherham resident Justine Greening was today the guest of honour as she officially opened her former school in her home town.
Two years ago Oakwood High School was completely rebuilt at a cost of £12m, as part of the Government’s Priority School Building Programme. The school has been operating for over a year since the building work was completed, but today the MP, who is the Minister responsible for education, was given a tour by the head boy and girl.
Ms Greening is a former pupil of the school and was delighted to be surrounded by her old teachers who had come out of retirement to meet her as she toured the new establishment.
Speaking to gathered pupils in the school hall she said: “I never thought I would be coming back to my old school and certainly never thought I would be coming back here as Secretary of State for Education.
“I have such great memories of being in this school and I hope you do too.
“You have got a building now fit for the 21st century and one which you can be really proud of.”
Head David Naisbitt added: “I want to say a special thanks to the Secretary of State for coming back to her old school and officially opening it for us today.
“She is a true inspiration for our students who can look at her and see how a local girl, educated at a local establishment can go on to achieve great heights. Our children need good role models like her to aspire to, especially here in Rotherham, and I hope this can make them proud of where they come from and can help them to achieve their own dreams.”
Oakwood High School, a 1,050 place secondary school in Moorgate, was one of 36 schools regionally rebuilt as part of the Government project, which was aimed at replacing aging and dilapidated buildings.
Cllr Gordon Watson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services at Rotherham Council who was also at today’s opening ceremony said: “This is a fantastic building. I had a tour of it last year when it first opened and it really is a building designed with children and young people at the heart of it. We want all pupils to be able to achieve their potential and having a building like this to study in I am sure will help Oakwood pupils go a long way.”