A BISHOP gave his blessing to a £17million school revamp as it was hailed as “glorious” by its leaders.
The Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, Seamus Cunningham, visited St Bede’s RC School and Byron Sixth Form College, in Peterlee, for its official relaunch.
Priests who are former pupils, including Father Michael McCoy, who leads a parish in Sunderland, were among the 100 guests to join a mass led by the bishop.
He also blessed a commemorative stone and the school with holy water during the event.
He said: “I came here in the snow a few years ago and laid the foundation stone, then I came back some time later when it was a building site. “I came back to celebrate mass here and I couldn’t believe the transformation.”
“I think it will mean an awful lot to the students’ education, I have met quite a number of them and they are delighted with it.”
Assistant headteacher Geoff Wilson said: “The school is absolutely glorious – that’s the only way I can describe it, with first-class facilities for the 21st Century.
“We had a beautiful afternoon, celebrating the beginning of a new chapter.”