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New school playground gets special blessing

08 November, 2019 — By Lucy Bacon

Clerkenwell Parochial pupils in their new playground

A PRIMARY school has had its new playground blessed by the Bishop of Fulham.

Clerkenwell Parochial CE School, in Amwell Street, Angel, hosted a special mass yesterday (Thursday) attended by governors, Liz Wolverson, the Chief Executive of the London Diocesan Board for Schools, and excited pupils.

The service, led by Rev Jonathan Baker, included readings and prayers led by pupils, as well as hymns, and the Holy Communion, before going outside to bless the playground.

The new playground features monkey bars, a football pitch, a prayer well and a sensory rooftop garden where the children can grow their own vegetables.

Deputy headteacher Niamh Delahunty, Fr Christophe Trundle, Rev Jonathan Baker and headteacher Amanda Szewczyk-Radley

Pupil Lyza, aged eight, said: “The new playground is very good. The monkey bars are my favourite.”

Headteacher Amanda Szewczyk-Radley said: “It’s such a beautiful school with so much history, and the playground reflects that. We have arches which reflect the Victorian streets, keeping it natural with stone, glass and wood.”

The school was built in 1830 and is one of the few Victorian school buildings left in London.

Ms Szewczyk-Radley added: “The playground has made such a difference.

“Older children are now playing with younger children. It is the most precious place to be.”

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