Rugby star Ugo Monye opens school extension

An air of excitement spread throughout a school as a retired rugby star and former pupil officially opened their new extension.

Former pupil, Harlequins and England rugby player, sports commentator and Adidas ambassador, Ugo Monye, returned to St Mary’s CE Primary School in Yew Tree Road in June.

This was to open the new two-storey extension which provides six new classrooms, a new multi-use gym/sports hall, main entrance and reception area.

The extension, remodelling and refurbishment of St Mary’s forms part of the council’s ambitious school places programme – a multi-million pound investment in primary and secondary school buildings, extensions and new schools – to provide enough places for Slough’s current and future young people.

Andy Howell from Slough Urban Renewal, headteacher Rachel Cross, Ugo Monye, Councillor Shabnum Sadiq and Roy Burley from Slough Urban Renewal

Rachel Cross, headteacher at St Mary’s CE Primary School, said: “We are thrilled with our new school buildings which stand out proudly on Yew Tree Road and are truly reflective of 21st century learning environments. Children, parents and staff have all experienced the ‘wow factor’ when walking into our new school as it is light, bright and spacious.”

Councillor Shabnum Sadiq, cabinet member for education and children, added: “Slough is growing fast and we are working hard to meet the demand for additional school places through our ambitious school places programme. The work at St Mary’s demonstrates the council’s commitment to providing high quality learning environments. We look forward to pupils benefitting from St Mary’s wonderful new facilities for years to come.”

During the opening, Mr Monye helped to cut the ribbon and a cake, and unveiled a plaque marking the school’s expansion, before touring the new facilities.

The school’s students, teachers and governors, as well as representatives from Slough Borough Council Property Services, Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), and Morgan Sindall Construction, also attended.

The St Mary’s expansion project was undertaken by Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), a partnership between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd.


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