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Work starts on joint faith school in Priorslee

Building work has begun on a new joint faith academy in Shropshire.

The construction of the Holy Trinity Academy in Priorslee represents the first venture of its kind between the Roman Catholic Diocese of Shrewsbury and the Anglican Diocese of Lichfield.

The 900-pupil school will replace the county's only Catholic college in Wellington, a spokesman said.

The churches said it will be distinctively Christian, but pupils from all faiths are welcome.

The academy is scheduled to open next September.

Colin Hopkins, director of Education of the Church of England Diocese of Lichfield, said: "The Holy Trinity Academy represents a significant ecumenical partnership between the Church of England and Roman Catholic Church, and we are working very closely together on the plans for the new school.

"Our vision is for the new academy to be a distinctively Christian and inclusive school, which welcomes young people from all backgrounds, faiths and no faith, and which makes a positive contribution to community cohesion in Telford and Wrekin."

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