New multi-million pound college campus is opened

Photo: SM130711-039ow.jpg'Official opening of the new Catmose Campus by the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard. From left, mayor of Oakham Joyce Lucas, the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard, Catmose College principal Stuart Williams, Rutland County Council chairman Edward Baines and Rutland County Council chief executive Helen Briggs.
Photo: SM130711-039ow.jpg'Official opening of the new Catmose Campus by the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard. From left, mayor of Oakham Joyce Lucas, the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard, Catmose College principal Stuart Williams, Rutland County Council chairman Edward Baines and Rutland County Council chief executive Helen Briggs.

THE Lord Lieutenant of Rutland officially opened a new college on Wednesday.

Catmose College moved into its new multi-million pound campus in Huntsman Drive, Oakham, in February, but the official opening was held this week for invited guests including Dr Laurence Howard, Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, as well as staff and students.

Principal Stuart Williams said it was one of the best performing secondary schools in Leicestershire and Rutland and that the new building was the “icing on the cake”.

Newly appointed head boy Max Boulton-Smith and head girl Rebecca Bond, talked about the amazing facilities the school has and said the ethos makes it an excellent place to learn.

Dr Howard spoke warmly of his long association with the school before cutting the official ribbon.

Pupils, who have been performing in a school production of musical Hairspray, also sang a medley of songs. They also gave tours of the buildings to guests.

Chief executive of Rutland County Council Helen Briggs closed the formal proceedings.

She thanked the project teams, the architects and builders, the college governors and all those involved since 2003 in turning a field into a spectacular community facility.

Mr Williams said: “The opening was a great success and once again our students were excellent ambassadors.

“I was very proud of the way they conducted the tours of the college, they demonstrated the breadth of what we offer our students whatever their interest or talent in a truly outstanding environment.”