The parents of a teenager killed at Hillsborough have opened a sixth form centre at a city school in his name.

Ronnie and Steve Rogers officially opened the Henry Rogers Sixth Form Centre at Queen’s Park High School in Handbridge.

Henry was in the sixth form at Queen’s Park when he tragically lost his life in the disaster at the Hillsborough football stadium almost 25 years ago.

Shortly after his death, the family set up the Henry Rogers Memorial Fund to support students at the school in memory of their son. The latest project to benefit from the fund is the refurbishment of the sixth form centre. The project was managed by sixth form students, led by sixth form leaders Jack Salmon and Daniela Hyatt, who gave up their February half term to paint the centre.

Hillsborough victim Henry Rogers, of Handbridge, who attended Queen's Park High School
Hillsborough victim Henry Rogers, of Handbridge, who attended Queen's Park High School
 

After enjoying afternoon tea to mark the opening, the assembled staff, students and governors listened to speeches from deputy headteacher Karen Logan and Patrick Hill, chairman of governors, who thanked the students and staff who had worked so hard to make the new centre such a success and the Rogers family for their continued support of students over the past 25 years.

Mr Rogers said ‘The centre has captured a truly comfortable and yet purposeful atmosphere.  We feel very proud on behalf of Henry that you and the students were so enthusiastic about the whole project.  With the plaque of Henry so prominent on the wall, he still very much remains part of QPHS. We are delighted that this is a lasting legacy and will benefit the students in a positive way for many years to come.”

Mr and Mrs Rogers also presented the school with an additional £500 contribution to the memorial fund.