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£14 million Telford church academy school to be officially opened

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A new £14 million joint Anglican and Catholic academy school – the first of its kind in the county – will officially open next week.

The new Holy Trinity Academy, which became Priorslee's first secondary school and replaced the former Blessed Robert Johnson Catholic College in Wellington, caters for up to 900 pupils aged between 11 and 18, 150 of whom will be sixth-form students.

Term started in September but the official launch ceremony will be held on Monday by the Bishop of Shrewsbury, Mark Davies and the Bishop of Lichfield.

The event will take place from noon until 1.30pm, when a ribbon will be cut and there will also be a service of prayer for the whole school community and a blessing of the school chapel.

Headteacher Angus Neal said: "It is an important milestone in the academy's history."

The school is a joint venture between the Roman Catholic Diocese of Shrewsbury and the Anglican Diocese of Lichfield.

The purpose-built academy, along with the Charlton School, was the last in Telford & Wrekin Council's £200 million Building Schools for the Future project.

The BRJ school in Wellington has now closed and the new Charlton School developed on its site, while BRJ pupils moved to the new Holy Trinity Academy at Priorslee in September.

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