Bishop of Basingstoke officially opens new school
Pilgrims’ Cross Church of England Aided Primary School has been officially opened by the Rt Revd Peter Hancock, the Bishop of Basingstoke, and Councillor Peter Edgar, Executive Member for Education for Hampshire County Council, at an event attended by local councillors and parents.
Pilgrims’ Cross Primary School is a collaborative effort between the Diocese of Winchester and the Hampshire Local Authority and has been purpose built to serve the needs of the homes on the Picket Twenty development, and welcomed its first students last month.
The opening consisted of the Bishop of Basingstoke leading a procession around the exterior of the school along with Canon John Harkin from St Mary’s Andover Church, followed by speeches from head teacher Amanda Johnston, Tony Blackshaw, Diocesan Director of Education, and Gordon Bell, Chair of Governors, who gave accounts of the journey that led to the creation of Pilgrims’ Cross. The Bishop of Basingstoke then gave an address and blessed the school.
Guests were then given a tour of the school site by Amanda Johnston and the Gordon Bell, before having lunch.
Following the opening of the school, the Rt Revd Peter Hancock, the Bishop of Basingstoke said:
“I am delighted to officially open Pilgrims’ Cross Primary School and recognise the partnership between Hampshire County Council and the Diocese of Winchester. I wish to thank all those involved in making Pilgrims’ Cross become a reality and I wish the school the best of luck in providing education for many generations to come. Today marks the start of a journey that will see Pilgrims’ Cross serve the community with a distinctive Christian character.”