|The new Abraham Guest - Wigan welcomes opening of £23M ‘Super School’
Wigan’s state-of-the-art flagship new secondary school is officially open for business and it’s already proving to be a real hit with pupils, parents, teachers and the entire community.
And on Friday September 24 the school community, council leaders, civic dignitaries and many more will give the new Abraham Guest School the final seal of approval with an official opening ceremony.
Plans to recreate Orrell Abraham Guest High School on a site close to its former home were first mooted in 2006. It was Wigan Council’s flagship project for the then government’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project.
The modern new school that has risen from the ground at the new site is an ultra-modern purpose-built learning environment which boasts the very best in design and facilities.
The building uses the latest in green technology to harvest and re-use waste water. It has biometric lockers for laptops and an interactive pod system which allows pupils to access ‘multi-sensory’ learning.
The school has its very own mini-nature reserve and a spacious central meeting area that can act as a performance venue or exhibition space.
In the sporting arena the gym, dance studio and multi-use games area has meant that traditional school sports such as soccer and netball are flourishing. But it also means the students are able to try new and interesting variants such as cheerleading, volleyball and wrestling.
And with Nintendo Wii’s in the gym and changing rooms the sporting action can even be of the virtual kind.
The site is also shared by the entire local community with a public library and other use-for-all facilities available.
Pupils from both the former Abraham Guest and the nearby Pembec High School have made a successful transition into the new building and the school is already seeing some success.
This year’s GCSE results saw the number of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades rise by 11 per to 68.4 per cent – the school’s best ever result.
Wigan Council’s Cabinet Champion for Children and Young People, Cllr Susan Loudon has been following the new Abraham Guest’s progress since the first turf was cut on the new site and she’s really pleased with the results.
“The new Abraham Guest really is Wigan’s model school for the future,” says Cllr Loudon. “The council has been involved in getting the project off the ground, we have designed the new school and worked with the contractors throughout the construction.
“We have done everything we can to make this project a success and now it will really begin to pay off for the young people and their families who can enjoy this fantastic resource.
“We’re certain the school’s performance figures and exam results will reflect this in the years to come but it’s more than just about academic success.
“It is about the impact this project can have on the whole community. Local people have already embraced the new Abraham Guest. The building and its fantastic facilities will undoubtedly help to improve the quality of lives of those who use it.
“This was our vision for the new Abraham Guest and it really is a school for the future.”
On Friday September 24 Cllr Loudon will join guests of honour Wigan MP Lisa Nandy, Deputy Mayor of Wigan Cllr Joy Birch, Leader of Wigan Council Lord Peter Smith, CYPS Executive Director Nick Hudson and a host of other dignitaries to officially open the new Abraham Guest.
Abraham Guest headteacher Paul Bousfield, says: “We are absolutely delighted with our new school building, and both pupils and teachers alike have already felt the benefits of studying and teaching in such an interactive environment. From the Knowledge Garden where students are given the opportunity to see local wildlife in its natural environment, to the interactive science pod, our new school really does demonstrate the best in 21st century learning.”