Jon ties up a winning design

Principal Designate Elizabeth Haddock awards Jon Leake an iPod touch for winning the competition to design the Atherton Community School tie
Principal Designate Elizabeth Haddock awards Jon Leake an iPod touch for winning the competition to design the Atherton Community School tie

ATHERTON’S new community school has taken a large step forward after the charity behind the plans revealed the new school’s uniform and met its first pupils.

Education organisation Chapel Street gave the first intake at the new school, which will open temporarily at the old UDC town hall on Bolton Road until refurbishment and building work on the old Hesketh Fletcher site is completed, a look at the new charcoal-grey and purple uniform and announced the winner of a competition to design a new tie.

Principal Designate Elizabeth Haddock awarded future pupil Jon Leake the prize of an iPod Touch for his winning design, met parents who have already had their children accepted at the school and introduced some of the new staff members.

The new school is intended to be the flag-bearer in the region for the Government’s free schools scheme, which is supported by Education Secretary Michael Gove.

Chapel Street will now organise another open meeting next week for the entire community where details of term dates, the school’s site and plans will be revealed and there will be the opportunity to meet new teachers and mentoring staff.

The charity has also opened a new office on Atherton High Street, where people will be able to find out more about the new school and ask Chapel Street staff questions.

The open meeting will be held on May 3, in the Jubilee Hall Function Room at St Richard Parish Centre on Stanley Street, starting at 7pm. For more information, visit www.athertoncommunityschool.com