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Author and TV presenter Konnie Huq opens Notting Hill & Ealing High School’s (NHEHS) new Junior School building

Author and TV presenter Konnie Huq has officially opened Notting Hill & Ealing High School’s (NHEHS) new Junior School building.

Ms Huq, a former pupil of the school which also celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, was joined at the ceremony by both current and former staff as well as many people involved in the construction the new building which took 18 months to complete.

Kate Bevan, head of the Junior School said: “It was wonderful to gather together so many people involved in this complex and significant project to celebrate its completion.”

Ms Bevan added: “We have been using the school’s construction as a learning opportunity for the girls. Our older pupils loved this afternoon’s panel discussion involving women who played key roles in the project. Pupils asked interesting and insightful questions and learned more about the challenges and joys of jobs in construction and architecture.”

Cheryl Giovannoni, chief executive of GDST, the trust that runs the school added: “Today’s official opening has brought to life the numerous ways in which sustainability runs through everything that we do at the GDST. I am confident that our investment in this ground-breaking carbon-neutral development, along with the female panel’s invaluable insights about the important role sustainability will continue to play in construction and architecture, will inspire even the youngest pupils of NHEHS to maintain a healthy interest in environmental issues.”

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