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Students Reveal Their New School

On, Friday 4th October, student ambassadors from The High Weald Academy were the first to explore the almost complete new academy building. Main contractors, Bower & Kirkland opened the doors to reveal to the ambassadors their new purpose-built, 21st century academy building.

Rochelle, Year 11 ambassador said: “The new school is amazing, it’s completely different to our old school.  Until today I could not really think how different it was going to be.  It’s big, spacious and very modern, it has everything we need.  I think everyone will like it and I can’t wait until we all move in next term.”

The ‘reveal’ tour showcased the scale of the multi million pound project. The ambassadors, together with together with their Head of School, Lisa Barker, got to explore the 69 climate controlled classrooms and offices, which includes 8 science laboratories, 3 art rooms, 5 ICT suites and the purpose built drama studio.

Daniel Hatley, Executive Principal for The High Weald Academy, said: “The design of the new school will enhance our education offering. Lessons will be delivered in an inspiring, motivational and creative environment that will benefit many young people for years to come. We are all looking forward to moving in and enjoying the benefits that the building will provide and in preparation, we have explored how our curriculum offering can be enhanced and supported by the new building. We are excited to be extending our drama programme and adding photography.”

The new academy is now one of the most state of the art learning environments in the area and now has the physical resource capacity to accommodate an increased number of students.

Robert Cook, Senior Site Manager for Bower & Kirkland said: “We have worked closely with all of the stakeholders involved in this project to manage it to a successful completion.  Today it was great to the see the students’ amazed reactions, it’s been a privilege to serve as the main contractor and we are genuinely excited to see them move in.  We wish all of the students and staff the very best and have no doubt they will thoroughly enjoy their time at The High Weald Academy.”

Lisa Barker, Head of School for The High Weald Academy, said: “The whole school community, students, parents, staff, educational partners and our neighbours have all been watching the build over the last year and we are all very excited about the imminent move. The new building is essential to improving the overall wellbeing for the High Weald community, as it will deliver a sense of pride.”

The student ambassadors will share their experience of the ‘reveal’ tour by reporting key insights about what the new building has to offer, helping to prepare the High Weald community to move into their new school after the October 2019 half term.