Archbishop of York opens new academy school in Hull

Archbishop Sentamu Academy
Image caption The new school has a theatre, chapel and a "contemplation terrace"

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has opened a new school which is named after him.

The Archbishop Sentamu Academy in east Hull is sponsored by the Diocese of York.

The £35m secondary school was built to replace two existing schools, one of which was put into special measures by Ofsted.

The archbishop is the patron of the academy, which will specialise in science, business and enterprise.

Dr Sentamu said: "I am very proud that the entire school community, past and present, chose my name for this new academy, and delighted to be opening the new buildings on Bilton Grove.

"The journey to create this academy for the young people of east Hull has been a long one, and we can now rightly celebrate these successes and look forward to the future of the academy."

The school originally opened in the existing premises of the Archbishop Thurstan Church of England School in September 2008.

The new building will take some pupils from the former David Lister school, which is planned to close in 2015 after going into special measures.

The new school describes itself as "an inclusive Academy with a strong Christian ethos".

To reflect its religious background it houses a chapel and a "contemplation terrace".

The facility has been built as part of the city's £400m Building Schools for the Future scheme.

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