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What’s New For The High Weald Academy?

Students and the community of Cranbrook are getting excited as their new state of the art secondary school enters into its final build stage and preparations are underway for the move into the new building in November 2019.

The existing school building was built in 1971. In February 2015 the Department of Education approved funding for a new school building, which would deliver a physical learning environment to match the education being delivered inside, where all students are supported to achieve their full potential.

The purpose built, 21st century school building will be one of the most state of the art learning environments in the area, providing students with an inspirational setting to achieve and excel. All the 69 classrooms and offices maximise natural life and have climate control to ensure a comfortable place in which to concentrate and focus. The brand new science laboratories, art rooms, ICT suites and drama studio provide specialist spaces for students to experience new things.

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.”

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 enhanced learning environment will support the school’s new maths curriculum, which has been developed to allow and support every student within The High Weald Academy to succeed and achieve their best. Through adopting and applying the ‘Maths Mastery’ approach, the aim is to extend students’ ability to explore [CMO1] maths.  Students will be encouraged to utilise the fiver pillars of the mastery approach to hone their knowledge and understanding of how to apply their learning and develop their confidence in such a vital subject discipline.

The High Weald Academy is part of the Brook Learning Trust, in addition the Trust comprises The Ebbsfleet Academy and The Hayesbrook School.

Nic Taylor, Education Director for Brook Learning Trust said: “We are very excited about the project coming to fruition. What started as a blank piece of paper and an endless number of possibilities has been crafted into a fantastic building the whole community will be proud to make use of.

“The dynamic black box drama studio will no doubt be the location for countless debuts and stellar performances and the new art rooms and learning resource centre will enable student to explore their creativity and research skills. There are many exciting times ahead in this new building.”

The High Weald community will move into their new school after the October 2019 half term.