£35m re­built school ‘an ex­cit­ing new era’

Mayor at­tends to help lay fi­nal brick of con­struc­tion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Cllr Sim­monds

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

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