The new Sacred Heart Catholic School building on Camberwell New Road, south London has been officially opened by the Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Reverend Peter Smith.

The Archbishop led a celebratory Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Camberwell, attended by pupils, staff, governors and many former teachers and pupils of the school. Archbishop Peter then officially opened the new building, unveiling a commemorative plaque besides the school's reception area.

Before the ceremony Archbishop Peter was given a tour of the new buildings and expressed his delight with the school's new facilities and design. The blessing ceremony was followed by a reception in the school hall.

The official opening and blessing of the new building brings to an end a nine-year journey for Sacred heart school. The rebuild was conducted as part of the multi-million-pound Building Schools for the Future project and involved the school moving to a temporary site on Trafalgar Street, Walworth for two years.

Headteacher Mr Serge Cefai said: "We now possess a building fit for the purpose of educating our children for a bright and ever changing future. Our new building is designed and planned carefully to deliver lessons yet emphasise the religious community that lies at the centre of our school. I am delighted that the Archbishop was able to officially declare the new building open and visit us today."

Photo: Sacred Heart Headteacher Mr Serge Cefai (left) with The Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Reverend Peter Smith (right)

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