Friday morning, the rain and high winds held off long enough for Archbishop Peter Smith, Fr Martin Coyle SDB, Provincial, Lend Lease, together with Headteacher, Mr Simon Uttley, to put the first spade in the ground at the site of the new buildings for St John Bosco College.
The College, a coeducational secondary school and sixth form, opened just over two years ago in temporary accommodation, achieving a judgement of 'Good' by Ofsted within 18 months.
The breaking of the ground will culminate in a move to state-of-the-art buildings, planned for the autumn of 2015.
In a short speech, Fr Martin said;
"There is obviously a heritage of education on this site and the new buildings of St John Bosco College.... will allow it to build on its strengths on this site as an outstanding school, to provide the very best education for the young people of this area, long, long into the future...
...the Salesians of Don Bosco are committed to the provision of education, here in this part of London, to the point where we're also going to be building,just behind us, a new community residence for our mission. So it's a really exciting time for us."