THE Duke of Westminster opened a £2 million library and learning centre at Queens Park High School in Handbridge.
As he unveiled the new facilities after a 12-month long construction project, he spoke of his delight that the school was trying so hard to reach out to local businesses, but also voiced his concern that many of those businesses chose not to attend.
“I understand from the headteacher that nearly 100 invitations were sent out to employers throughout the Chester area. Few of them were answered and even after chasing up, only a few more were answered, and all in the negative,” he said.
“It has been very much a mission in my life to try to join our education system to the needs of business and industry – and here we have a prime example of an educational establishment reaching out and presenting what they have to offer to employers.
“To those employers I say: ‘Don’t you sit back in your country clubs and whinge about the young people of today and say there is no hope because our education system is not providing’.
“This is a £2m investment for the future. Queen’s Park High has got so much to offer with the addition of these fine facilities so I urge you to spread the word about this establishment and others like it.”