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New facilities at school to be opened by Department Member 10 April 2008

IMPRESSIVE new facilities at Peel Clothworkers’ School will be formally opened later this month by Department of Education Member Eddie Lowey MLC.

Mr Lowey will return ‘home’ to the city where he was born to declare open the new facilities.

The scheme, of a total value of £3.1 million, was undertaken by Auldyn Construction Ltd. Peel clothworkers facilities

Peel Clothworkers’ School is the Island’s second largest primary school, with 359 on the register. Its Headteacher, Judith Lund, said:

‘With the rapid building of new housing developments in Peel, the Department of Education had the foresight to improve and extend the facilities at Clothworkers’ to accommodate a future increase in pupil numbers.
‘Since June 2006 the children and staff of the School have worked in tandem with the construction firm as works have continued.’

The first phase of the new facilities, including the new dining/assembly hall, kitchen, reception/office complex, meeting room, library, special needs unit and ICT suite, became operational in June 2007. Building work on the rest of the additions, including the refurbished sports hall, staff facilities, two additional classrooms and a permanent nursery, went on until recently.

The school continues a 400-year tradition linking it with townsman Philip Christian, who left Peel for London, to be apprenticed to John Garrett at the Clothworkers’ Company. When he died in 1654, he and his wife were childless and recollections of his early life in Peel led him to bequeath in his will the rent of two houses they owned in London, for the education of children in Peel.

The first of many schools established in his name by the company was probably in Love Lane, below Market Place. The current school opened in 1953.

The platform party at the opening ceremony on Wednesday 23 April will include Education Minister Anne Craine MHK, Director of Education John Cain and Board of Education member for Peel Betty Deans, as well as the headteacher. PCW facilities

The ceremony will be attended by Chief Minister the Hon Tony Brown MHK, President of Tynwald the Hon Noel Cringle MLC, Speaker of the House of Keys the Hon Steve Rodan MHK, Peel MHK Tim Crookall and Chairman of Peel Town Commissioners Patricia Sweeney JP.

The dedication will be carried out by Canon Nigel Godfrey, Sub-Dean at St German’s Cathedral in the town.

The school’s Mixed Choir will provide the entertainment and guests, including former headteachers invited back for the occasion, will tour the new facilities.

The Education Minister said:

Peel Clothworkers’ School has provided a backdrop for very many Peel families who have been educated there over its long history. I am very pleased that with these extensions we are able to contribute to the next chapter in its development.
‘The investment that we make is not just in the bricks and mortar but in the children themselves by giving them better facilities through which they can enjoy learning. I look forward to watching the school go from strength to strength.’

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