Holly Lodge honours feminist icon

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Emmeline Pankhurst cake at the Holly Lodge opening ceremony © Mark McNulty

Emmeline Pankhurst cake at the Holly Lodge opening ceremony © Mark McNulty

The new Holly Lodge College building has been named after a famous women’s rights campaigner.

The all girls’ college has named its new building after Emmeline Pankhurst who won women in the UK their right to vote.

The ‘Emmeline Pankhurst Building’, which was officially opened earlier this month, is the centerpiece of a £7 million revamp for the site.

It is a new main teaching block housing new humanities classrooms, arts, music and drama spaces, including an activity hall, with a central atrium and café area.

Head Teacher Julia Tinsley said: “Staff and students are equally proud to have such fantastic facilities and are enjoying teaching and learning in 21st century surroundings at last.

“Not only is the building itself bringing a smile to the lips of our school community but its position at the heart of the school is making life more comfortable for students at lesson change, break and lunchtime.

“We have been really anxious to make sure that the new buildings enhance the beautiful campus on which the school is built, and maintain the unique character of Holly Lodge. It is also a much more environmentally friendly school, costing us less to heat, maintain and repair.”

The aim of the Holly Lodge refurbishment is to replace and modernise existing buildings, some of which were more than 100 years old, to enhance students learning.

The development is part of the Liverpool Schools Investment Programme pledged by Mayor Joe Anderson.

Anderson said: “This investment in Holly Lodge Girls’ College has been much needed to make sure pupils get the most out of their learning.

“Less than three years since we started work on the Schools Investment Programme, this is the 10th scheme that is either complete or underway transforming the education for many thousands of our young people.”

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