THE official opening of a new multi-million pound building marked the completion of an amalgamation of two schools.

Saughall All Saints Church of England school has taken the place of Thomas Wedge Junior and the Ridings Infant school.

The £5.5m project had the whole-hearted support of the vicar of All Saints Church, Reverend Brian Harris and the Children and Young People’s Services department.

Rev Harris, who opened the building along with pupils said: “The Church is delighted to have a brand new church primary school in Saughall to enhance the education of children from the local area.”

“There is a strong link between the School and the church. I personally thoroughly enjoy my involvement with the School working with staff, other governors and parents.

John Stephens, deputy director of Children and Young People’s Services said: “We want our children and young people to have the best facilities to support their learning, and the innovative new-build at Saughall All Saints is an excellent example of this.

“Children were involved throughout the design and build process, and the whole school environment continues to be a rich resource for their learning.”

The eco-friendly building in Church Road is highly sustainable and has a boiler which uses wood pellets, solar collectors for hot water and a computer-controlled building management system.

Headteacher Donna Prenton said: “We are delighted with the opportunities the new school has offered the children and staff.

“The amalgamation has been very smooth and the pupils, staff, governors and community are thrilled all the hard work has been recognised.

“We are very proud of all our pupils; they wear our school badge with pride.

Katie Oakes