Boro boss Tony Mowbray was the guest of honour at Prince Bishop School in Middlesbrough when he officially opened its fantastic new school building.
The pupils of Prince Bishop School in Satersgill Avenue gave the Boro legend a warm welcome when he dropped in.
Mowbray officially opened the new school building built as part of Middlesbrough Council’s Building Schools for the Future programme.
Prince Bishop, formerly Tollesby School, now has a state-of-the-art learning environment for its pupils.
Prince Bishop provides education for students with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.
The new building features large classrooms with different learning zones for IT, reading and learning. Individual desks give students their own space.
The hall is a multipurpose space that is used for assemblies, lessons and dining and the school also has two court sports halls and new food technology room equipped with ovens and fridges for a whole class.
Headteacher Kirsten Dinsdale said the children were “very impressed” with their special guest.
She said: “They were really very pleased that the Middlesbrough manager came to the school and they were quite excited.
“A number of them are fans. He was very chatty and friendly and they really enjoyed the visit.”
Councillor Mike Carr, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Children, Families and Learning, said: “It was very exciting to have the Boro boss Tony Mowbray officially open the new school for Prince Bishop.
“Tony is a local hero, from his leadership as captain in 1986 to his management role now, he is someone the children of Middlesbrough can look up to and he really took to the pupils at Prince Bishop.”