Bishop of Jarrow Rt Rev. Mark Bryant formally opened and dedicated a new £12.8m building for the Ian Ramsey Church of England (CofE) Academy. This is the first secondary school project under the government’s ‘Priority Schools Building Programme’.
The ceremony was attended by representatives from the diocese of Durham, Stockton Council and the Department for Education, as well as Mayor of Stockton Councillor Ian Dalgarno. It was the formal opening of a new building completed in 2014. For a while Ian Ramsey was the only CofE secondary school in the diocese, opening in 1963.
Ven. Stuart Bain, Archdeacon of Sunderland, chairman of the Durham Diocesan Board of Education and chairman of the Dayspring Trust, spoke at the opening. Schools Minister Lord Nash said, ‘These new school buildings will provide modern, fit-for-purpose facilities for pupils and staff for many years to come’.
Gill Booth, executive head teacher, said, ‘Our mission together is to bring a first class education and a breadth of opportunity to all of our pupils in light of the Christian gospel … We are committed to being inclusive and serve equally those who are of the Christian faith, those of other faiths and those with no faith’.