Record breaker makes another first

The new �1m Humaities building at Priory Academy is officially opened by pupil Jamie Edwards
The new �1m Humaities building at Priory Academy is officially opened by pupil Jamie Edwards
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World record-breaking teenager Jamie Edwards has made history again.....opening his school’s £1m extension.

The world’s youngest fusioneer Jamie, a student at Priory Academy in Penwortham , was an international sensation after he became the youngest person to created a ‘star in a jar’ in March at the age of 13.

Now he has opened the county’s first ‘Immersive Technology Room at his school’s new humanities and languages building. He cut the ribbon on the humanities part of the Crow Hill’s Road school’s new humanities and languages building while outgoing headteacher Jim Hourigan officially opened the ‘Auditorio’ section, for language.

The event was attended by incoming Priory head Matt Eastham along with the Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Graham Walton, and former teachers, governors and dignitaries from the school alongside representatives from Conlon’s Builders.

Mr Eastham said: “Jamie will be a big part of our history as he built a nuclear fusion reactor, aged just 13, at the school and so we felt it was appropriate he should open one part of the building.”

“Jim is the outgoing head, retiring at the end of this academic term, and Jamie sums up his leadership during his time at Priory.

“He was the crazy head teacher who allowed Jamie to build a nuclear reactor at the school! Probably not a lot of heads would let this happen but it sums up Jim’s tenure at Priory – it’s always been about the pupils, every decision has been for the individual students and for their benefit.

“This Humanities and Languages building is also testament to Jim’s vision – he has always wanted the students to have the best learning environment to stimulate and encourage them.”

Jamie, now 14, said he was ‘shocked and couldn’t believe it’ when he was asked to officially open the new building and have a plaque with his name on it.