A south east Northumberland academy’s new state-of-the-art building has been officially opened.
The new Josephine Butler campus at Northumberland Church of England Academy, was officially opened by the Duke of Northumberland and the Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Rev Martin Wharton, who are both sponsors of the facility.
Bishop Martin said: “The academy is the result of a partnership between the Church of England Diocese of Newcastle and the Duke of Northumberland.
“It continues the long partnership in education that goes back into the 19th century when the church and successive dukes contributed hugely to the development of schools in the city, North Tyneside and especially across the county.
“I pay a heartfelt tribute to the Northumberland Estates and to all the trusts and individuals who have contributed to the endowment fund of the school.”
The new campus is based in Ashington, and now joins others in Morpeth and Newbiggin.
The academy hosted a number of guests who have played an important role in its foundation, including representatives of people who contributed to the endowment fund.
The fund will enable the academy to provide its children with extra-curricular opportunities, as well as partners from local universities, businesses, county councillors and officers and colleagues from the schools and colleges in Ashington.