The Secretary of State for Education, The Rt. Hon. Damian Hinds MP was in Long Eaton on Monday (22nd October 2018), to officially open the new £15 million Wilsthorpe Community School.
The new state-of-the-art school building, which opened its doors to staff and students at the beginning of September, was funded by the Department for Education and provides a real opportunity to accelerate the progress the school has made over recent years.
Follow a meeting of School Governors and a tour of the new building, the Education Secretary was joined by local MP Maggie Throup, Wilsthorpe Head Jonathan Crofts and students for a special ceremony during which he unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the historic occasion.
Following the opening ceremony, Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:
“It has been a privilege to visit Wilsthorpe Community School today to officially open their new school and to see for myself the excellent work that is taking place right here in the heart of Long Eaton.
“Today marks the culmination of a £15 million Government project, which will ensure that Wilsthorpe students are educated in a quality, modern school environment for many years to come.
“I know that the students and staff, under the leadership of Mr Crofts, continue to aspire to become an ‘Outstanding School’, and so it is only right that the Government matches that ambition by providing outstanding educational facilities to help them achieve their aim.”
Erewash MP, Maggie Throup commented:
“I was delighted to join the Secretary of State as well as the school community at Wilsthorpe to celebrate the opening of their multi-million pound new school.
“This significant investment demonstrates our Government’s commitment to providing educational facilities that are both fit for the 21st century and which will help students at the school to thrive.”
Wilsthorpe Headteacher, Jonathan Crofts commented:
“On behalf of the whole school community, I would like to thank the Secretary of State for visiting Wilsthorpe today to officially open our new school.
“Our school motto is ‘be the best you can be’, and it is my belief that this new state-of-the-art building represents the scale of the ambition we have for our students and demonstrates our commitment to helping them to be the best.”