Bishop Andrew was left impressed after his visit to newly regenerated Esher Church of England High School on Monday. Accompanied by Michael Hall, Diocesan Deputy Director of Education, the Bishop was given a tour of the school’s recently opened facilities, which includes a library, Learning Development Department, and a state-of-the-art science block.
Formerly known as Wayneflete and then Trinity, the school was founded in 1958. It was officially renamed Esher C of E High School in 2000, reflecting its close links with the Diocese of Guildford. Since then it has undergone significant renewal, including the opening of a £2.5 million Sports Centre by HRH Duke of Kent in 2013. The most recent developments are the result of a £9 million capital investment programme.
During his visit, Bishop Andrew called in on classes and spoke to pupils from a variety of year groups. This included Year 11 GCSE photography students Nikola Wojcik and Rachel Johns, who also took photos of the tour. They were delighted to have been given this role, saying it was ‘a great opportunity to get to take photos of someone well known.’
Bishop Andrew, reflecting on the day, commented: ‘It was wonderful to visit Esher C of E High School and to have the opportunity to meet the headmaster, staff and pupils alike. There’s clearly a lot of energy around, and a sense of growing momentum. The new science and sports facilities are fantastic, and mark yet another exciting development in the High School’s history.'
Head teacher, Mike Boddington also said: ‘We were delighted to welcome Bishop Andrew to our school to view the fantastic new Science and Library facilities today. He took great interest in our students and was keen to find out about what they are learning, and how they are challenging themselves to develop their understanding. The new facilities are a substantial improvement and are enabling our students to learn in a stimulating, modern environment.’