The Bishop of Ely, the Rt Rev Stephen Conway, was the guest of honour at the official opening of one of Cambridgeshire’s newest schools – Ermine Street Church Academy.

Ermine Street CA is part of DEMAT – the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust – and serves the new Alconbury Weald development near Huntingdon. It is jointly Anglican and Methodist.

The school took its first children last September and now has 67 pupils on roll. It has the capacity to take 420 children as more homes are occupied, with potential for further expansion if required.

The special events on September 20 started with some local history activities including developers Urban & Civic leading tours of the site, followed by lunch outside the school.

Chair of Governors Susan Dowling opened proceedings by welcoming the Bishop of Ely and the Rev Julian Pursehouse, Chair of the East Anglia District of the Methodist Church, together with DEMAT chief executive Andrew Read.

Bishop Stephen and the Rev Pursehouse then unveiled the plaque, after which children sang school songs and the school prayer.

Headteacher Adrian Shepherd said: “The official opening was a significant milestone in the development of the school and a day of great celebration. We are delighted that Bishop Stephen and Julian Pursehouse were with us to make it a day to remember.”