£35m rebuilt school ‘an exciting new era’
Mayor attends to help lay final brick of construction
THE final bricks have been put in place at a ‘new’ secondary school in Northwood, in a bid to fulfill the growing need for school places in Hillingdon.
The local authority marked an ‘exciting new era’ for Northwood School, with councillor David Simmonds, the cabinet member for education and children’s services, laying one of the final bricks on Thursday March 3.
He was joined by the Mayor of Hillingdon George Cooper and head teacher Mark Anderson at this milestone in the school’s £35 million rebuild.
The council were ‘pleased’ to report that the new Northwood School is on schedule and within budget.
Hillingdon Council stated the project, which it has managed, demonstrates its continued commitment to meeting the need for more school places for secondary students in the borough.
said: “The council’s £145m secondary school building and expansion programme is one of the largest in London.
“We are driving forward with plans to address rocketing demand for high quality secondary school places in the borough.
“So it is wonderful to see how our £35m investment in Northwood School is taking shape.”
The rebuild of Northwood School is part of a number of preemptive measures that have enabled Hillingdon Council to find places for a record-breaking number of secondary school applicants this year.
New and improved school buildings are contributing to Hillingdon having one of the highest rates in London for offering families a school place at one of their preferred local schools.
Cllr Simmonds added: “The council is happy to announce that our determination, coupled with our partnership work with Farrans Construction, will deliver this exceptional secondary educational facility to 1,050 pupils this autumn.”
The school building has three storeys, measures 9,800 square metres in size and will promote an academic focus on performing arts.
A stage area with retractable seating will be at the heart of the school.
Additional arts facilities include an outdoor amphitheatre and performing arts/music specialist rooms.
In total there will be 53 classrooms, including science rooms, a science garden, specialist design and technology rooms, a spacious library, sixth form study rooms and social areas, special educational needs rooms, a large art room and an outdoor learning terrace.
Head teacher Mr Anderson said: “On behalf everyone connected with Northwood School, I would like to thank the London Borough of Hillingdon, in particular councillors Ray Puddifoot and David Simmonds, for the belief that they have shown in us.
“Our continuing exceptional examination results and the fact that we are oversubscribed for our opening demonstrates our
of determination to become a flagship school, producing well-educated, well-rounded young people for their next steps in life.”
n BUILDING BRICKS: Cllr David Simmonds with the Mayor of Hillingdon George Cooper at Northwood School