Former Cathedral School pupil and Dean’s Scholar, Lord Rowe-Beddoe DL, officially opened the School’s new Senior classroom block last week. The opening of the building, which comprises eight classrooms, two Science laboratories and smaller study space, brings to conclusion a significant period of development at the School in recent years. This has included the introduction of sixth form teaching and the creation of a new sixth form centre, the £2m state-of-the-art infant school, a new sports pavilion, art studio and senior library.
Headmaster of the Cathedral School Mr Stephen Morris said: “We were delighted to welcome Lord Rowe-Beddoe back to the Cathedral School. The School has changed significantly since he was a pupil and we were very proud to show him around the campus and introduce him to our students. Having grown from a prep school to GCSE and now to have our first Year 13 cohort, the Cathedral School is buoyant, investing in the future, and offering a vibrant and positive environment in which to nurture children and young people and give them the best possible start in life.”
With 750 pupils, the School was described by Estyn (2012) as excellent in its current performance, with excellent prospects for the future. Lord Rowe-Beddoe DL added: “I have very fond memories of my time at the Cathedral School and it was delightful to be so warmly welcomed back and to be a part of such a special day. I have followed, with interest, the School’s development and it is a school that takes great pride in doing what it does well, in an exemplary manner. The enthusiasm I encountered from both staff and pupils was wonderful.”
Custos of the Cathedral School and former Dean’s Scholar, Mr Gilbert Lloyd added: “As a former pupil, it is a great privilege to have been involved in the School’s development over the past four years. It has been fascinating watching the School grow so successfully and I look forward to its continued success.”
The School will host a Sixth Form Open Evening on 25 September and a whole school Open Morning on Saturday 4 October 2014.
The photo shows Lord Rowe Beddoe visiting one of the new Science labs with the Cathedral School’s Head Boy, Head Girl and the Head of Biology