A GREENFORD school has celebrated its new building reaching the highest point in its construction.
The 'Topping Out Ceremony' for William Perkin Church of England High on Oldfield Lane North took place last Friday (May 24).
Staff, parents from nearby primary schools, members of the local clergy, architect John Southall, Ealing North MP Steve Pound, Council Leader Julian Bell, Councillor Jasbir Anand and representatives from the construction company Kier were amongst those who attended.
Three young poplar trees were blessed and will be planted amongst the older trees which mark a strong boundary on the site.
Purple balloons were released reflecting the origin of the school colours and the strong link to William Perkin who invented the mauveine dye and whose factory was established near the site over 100 years ago.
People from the area have watched how quickly the building has grown and the first cohort of students will start in September.
Councillor Jasbir Anand, Ealing Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "Local families have needed a new high school in this area for a long time and I am delighted for the children who will be walking through the doors. The council had to fight very hard to build this school and, with continuing pressure on primary places, we are going to need these extra places more than ever. I congratulate everyone who has contributed to the completion of this important stage and wish staff and students the best of luck."
Alice Hudson, Executive Headteacher of Twyford Trust, said: "It is thrilling to see the beautiful new building getting to roof level and I look forward to welcoming the children."