Tuesday, 1 October 2019 was a momentous day in the life of St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School, Leeds
In 2016, St Theresa’s was successful in securing a rebuild under the Priority Schools Building Programme due to failures the concrete frame on the old St Kevin’s/St Theresa’s building which was built in the 1950s. It was deemed by the Department for Education that it was more economically viable to re-build the school than fund the backlog of repairs.
The new build was completed by Interserve and took 48 weeks to construct; staff got the keys to door on Friday, 30 August and the children were in school on Thursday, 5 September. They had to unpack over 950 packing crates which was some challenge. However, staff and children have now settled into the new building and they are finally making the new school feel like home.
The school were delighted to welcome Bishop Marcus to officially open the new building on the Feast of St Thérèse of Lisieux, their Patron Saint. This pastoral visit included a wonderful service in the new hall and a tour of the school when the Bishop blessed the classrooms and shared spaces.
It has been a long journey to get to this point but everyone is thrilled with the final product and deeply grateful to Bishop Marcus for coming to open the new school and give it his blessing. The stars of the show were undoubtedly the children themselves as they read, sang and behaved beautifully throughout, keeping up that wonderful tradition of “Walking in Theresa’s Little Way.”