Eden Girls’ School officially opened by Minister Lord Agnew

Our state-of-the-art campus has been officially opened by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System Lord Theodore Agnew.

Although we have occupied our fantastic new site since September 2017, Lord Agnew performed the official opening ceremony on Monday 14 May. In doing so, he praised the “passion and commitment” of our school’s staff and speaking of the power of education to nurture and protect communities.

We took the Minister on a tour of the £22 million development. Previously office accommodation, our school building was converted to a first-class learning environment through a partnership with architects ADP and contractors Galliford Try.

During his tour, Lord Agnew met with pupils and observed lessons to see first-hand how our school pursues the highest educational standards and aims to foster a love of learning. He also heard how the school plays a vital role in the local community through charitable and social action projects.

Following the official opening of the Eden Girls’ School building, Lord Agnew commented:
“The school’s state-of-the-art facilities are befitting of the passion and commitment so clearly on display among teachers and students – so it was an honour to be invited to such a special occasion.

“Eden Girls’ School is a shining example of the transformative effects that free schools can bring to communities across the country and reflects Star Academies’ determination to raise academic standards and improve the life chances of young people. I look forward to hearing about the school’s progress.”

At the opening ceremony, Lord Agnew and other guests enjoyed presentations from Eden Girls’ School pupils.

A group of pupils delivered a poetry recital, and Year 10 pupil Aish Tahir spoke eloquently on the subject of leadership, a quality the school aims to instil in all of its pupils.
Our Principal Karim Murcia, Chair of Governors Dot Thomson and Vice Chair of Governors Dr Zubayr Bowkan also addressed the guests.

Lord Agnew made a short speech before unveiling a commemorative plaque to officially open the school building.

Principal Karim Murcia said:
“We were honoured to welcome Lord Agnew as the Chief Guest at our official opening ceremony and were very grateful to all our guests for joining us to share in the celebration. This special occasion gave us the opportunity to thank the people who have provided the vision for our school and to express our gratitude to everyone who has worked so hard to make that vision a reality. The speeches from Lord Agnew and school governors served as a powerful reminder for us all of the values at the heart of our work and the ambitious aspirations that we can rightly hold for the future.

“It has been a humbling experience personally to work alongside the extended team of partners who have strived to create the school community in the stunning learning environment that we now enjoy. We are constantly inspired as we work with all our colleagues and partners to fulfil our mission of educational excellence, character development and community service.

“Our students were, as always, the highlight of the day. They delivered an inspirational series of presentations during the event and spoke eloquently about their achievements and commitment to developing as leaders. I am very excited about the positive contribution that they are ready to make to their local community and British society.

“I sincerely hope that all our guests enjoyed the ceremony and look forward to our continued partnership as we work for the ongoing success of the school.”

Photo captions:

Lord Agnew is taken on a tour of the impressive Eden Girls’ School building alongside Deputy Principal Famida Rawoot

School Principal Karim Murcia and Chair of Governors Dot Thomson welcome guests to the official opening ceremony at Eden Girls’ School, Slough

Year 10 pupil Aish Tahir gives a presentation on the subject of leadership, the school’s specialism, at the official opening of Eden Girls’ School, Slough

Year 10 pupil Zunaira Bilqees and Year 8 pupil Munaima Tafhimi performing the role of Masters of Ceremony

Lord Theodore Agnew, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System, unveils a plaque to officially open Eden Girls’ School, Slough at a ceremony on Monday 14 May

Lord Theodore Agnew gave an enlightening address at Eden Girls’ School’s official opening ceremony

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