NEWTON’S Hope Academy finally opened its doors to pupils last week.
The school replaces the merged Newton Community High School and St Aelred’s Catholic Technolicy College.
It is the only school in the country to have sustainability as its specialism.
Principal John Gannon said: “Hope Academy represents an investment in education provision that St Helens and its young people will benefit from greatly.
“It has been built to high sustainability standards, with wind turbines, solar power and a biomass boiler just some of the technologies that may see us crowned the most Sustainable school in the country, once the building receives its official BREEAM rating which we expect later this year.
“Because if its commitment to sustainability the Academy will inspire and encourage the young people who pass through it, not just to excel academically, but to care about the world in which they live and become responsible citizens. It’s a very exciting day and we’ve a very bright future ahead.”
The school was designed and built to the vision of its three primary sponsors, Liverpool Hope University, The Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool and the Church of England Diocese of Liverpool, with support from St Helens Council.
Bishop James Jones of the Church of England Diocese of Liverpool, added: “We are extremely proud of what we have created here. Hope Academy is set to become the most sustainable school in the country and will offer an inspirational and nurturing learning environment for generations to come.”