The Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt. Hon. Ed Balls MP visited Denton yesterday (20th September) to officially open the £26m new Denton Community College.
Ed had been Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in the previous Labour Government, who had approved the Building Schools for the Future money that allowed the College to be developed. Denton Community College is a specialist performing arts and sports college for 1,350 11-16 year olds, and was formed from the merger of the former Two Trees and Egerton Park High Schools.
Pupils, teachers, Civic leaders, Andrew Gwynne and Ed Balls were treated to special song, poetry,dance and samba performances by pupils, and were then shown around new building to see all the unique learning facilities. Even Manchester City FC (who through City in the Community have developed strong links with the college) came along with former star, Paul Lake, and the club’s most recent silverware!
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“It is really great that Ed Balls could perform the official opening of Denton Community College. This is a state-of-the-art community facility for all of Denton, and it was really Ed as Secretary of State who made this all possible.”
See the slide show of the day’s events below:
Photos (c) Tameside MBC