Worden becomes town’s first academy

Olympic medalist Alex Danson at the opening of the new Academy@Worden with pupils and headteacher Chris Catherall
Olympic medalist Alex Danson at the opening of the new Academy@Worden with pupils and headteacher Chris Catherall

Leyland saw the official opening of its first academy last week.

The former Worden Sports College, on Westfield Drive, became Academy @ Worden, and marked the day by inviting Olympian Bronze medallist and hockey player Alex Danson, South Ribble MP Lorraine Fullbrook, Mayor Coun Colin Clark and Mayoress Margaret Clark, the Leader of South Ribble Council Coun Margaret Smith, her husband Coun Phil Smith, and a glittering array of other guests from education, industry and local commerce to the school.

Headteacher Chris Catherall said: “Worden has been on a truly spectacular journey.

“Becoming an academy is a significant step on our road to becoming an outstanding school serving the local community of Leyland.”

Guests saw the school in action and joined in science, ICT and English lessons.

They also saw a contemporary dance lesson, in which Moss Side Primary School pupils were taught by Worden students as part of their leadership development.

Finally, guests were invited to sit down to a lunch prepared and served by students from years 10 and 11.

A school assembly was called and a speech delivered by Olympian Alex Danson, beforeMP Lorraine Fullbrook unveiled the plaque marking the official opening.