Shipley primary school welcomes senior clergyman

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The extension of the reception building at Wycliffe Primary is officially opened by Bishop Tom Butler, pictured with pupils The extension of the reception building at Wycliffe Primary is officially opened by Bishop Tom Butler, pictured with pupils

A Shipley primary school has welcomed the acting Bishop of Bradford to dedicate and bless new reception classes.

Wycliffe CE Primary School celebrated the official opening of its new purpose- built reception suite yesterday with the Rt Rev Tom Butler, who is acting bishop while Nick Baines is on a temporary sabbatical.

Parents, governors and children were treated to a Japanese drumming performance by the school’s Year 5 and head Jo Newman gave a talk on the history of the school since it opened in 1879.

The school has expanded as part of a programme by Bradford Council to increase capacity at existing schools.

The expansion includes two new Year 1 classrooms, and a conversion of a downstairs area to form a purpose-built reception learning suite, including an outdoor classroom.

Miss Newman said: “This represents a new and exciting era for our school, our children and our staff. Pupils and parents are delighted and excited for the future.”

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