Twyford CofE Academies Trust was delighted to welcome a special visitor earlier this month. The Right Rev’d Peter Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden, started his day at William Perkin CofE High School where he toured ‘The Annexe’ – the new temporary block on the site to accommodate the extra students from Ada Lovelace CofE High School from September 2019 when the main school will be full.

He also saw the ongoing works for the café extension which will be a legacy for William Perkin CofE High School once Ada Lovelace CofE High School moves into its permanent school buildings next summer.

The Bishop lead a service of blessing for the structure of the permanent school buildings on the Park View site, which students, staff, members of the local governing body, Directors of the Trust and local community representatives and building contractors Kier Construction attended. A steel beam was inscribed with John 10:10 and signed by the Bishop, students and members of the project teams. It has since been hoisted into position on the upper level of the main teaching block.

The Bishop then moved to Northfields where he led a service for Ealing Fields High School on the Place House permanent site to bless the foundations for the new buildings.Members of the school council, local governing body, staff and Ealing Fields Residents’ Association were in attendance. Students symbolically cast items including a scroll of foundation verses, school houses and the names of the founding year group into the base of the final part of the concrete pad on which the main teaching block will stand.

With both major projects on programme for a summer 2020 finish, it will give confidence to those applying to join both schools next year as well as those students already at Ada Lovelace CofE High School and Ealing Fields High School, who will remain in temporary accommodation for the forthcoming academic year.