He joined Denton North East Councillors Allison Gwynne and Vincent Ricci to reopen the school, which was first built in 1882 and rebuilt in 1981 after the M67 was built alongside it.
After thirty four years, the school was showing its age, and it has been extensively remodelled, with only the outer shell being kept. It now has bright new classrooms and fully integrated IT, making it a school fit for the 21st Century.
The Scott family were Denton’s great Victorian benefactors. Coming from the Victorian liberal tradition, they were the proprietors of the Manchester Guardian newspaper – and the Scott Family Trust remains the owner of the Guardian newspaper.
They funded the Wilton Street Unitarian Chapel, Technical School and Library – now the Festival Hall – and the People’s Hall, which was demolished in 2002, amongst other projects.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“It was great to see the new facilities and to visit a former teacher of mine who is still teaching there.
“Denton kids deserve the best, and I am delighted that is what we have delivered.
“I went to the old Russell Scott reception and infants in 1978 to 1981 and moved to the new school when I headed to the juniors in 1981.”
“I know Russell Scott would be proud, as would the late Martin Wareing, who was a longstanding chair of governors here.
“I have always championed the school, and I am so proud to see it going from strength to strength.”
This story was originally published whilst Andrew Gwynne was the Member of Parliament. Following the dissolution of Parliament, he is now a Parliamentary Candidate and not an MP.