School un­veils its state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties

School un­veils its state-of-the art new fa­cil­i­ties

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HILLING­DON Coun­cil marked an ex­cit­ing new era for North­wood School with the of­fi­cial open­ing the newly re­built fa­cil­ity.

Leader of the Coun­cil, Cllr Ray Pud­di­foot was joined by head teacher, Mark An­der­son, and the Mayor of Hilling­don, Cllr John Hens­ley, who planted a tree at the site dur­ing the event on Thurs­day.

Hilling­don Coun­cil’s £144 mil­lion sec­ondary school build­ing and ex­pan­sion pro­gramme is one of the largest in Lon­don.

The £35 mil­lion North­wood School re­build is a part of this com­mit­ment, and of­fers 1,080 places in to­tal and demon­strates the coun­cil’s con­tin­ued ded­i­ca­tion to meet­ing the need for more school places for sec­ondary stu­dents in the bor­ough.

The num­ber of ap­pli­cants who named the school as their first choice for 2016 en­try were up by 72 per cent on the pre­vi­ous year and all of this autumn’s 180 year seven places have been filled, mak­ing North­wood School the first choice for lo­cal res­i­dents.

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 sits at the heart of the school. Ad­di­tional arts fa­cil­i­ties in­clude an out­door am­phithe­atre and per­form­ing arts spe­cial­ist rooms.

In to­tal there are 53 class­rooms, a sci­ence gar­den, spe­cial­ist de­sign and tech­nol­ogy rooms, a spa­cious li­brary, sixth form study rooms and so­cial ar­eas, special ed­u­ca­tional needs rooms, a four court sports hall, multi use games area and an out­door learn­ing ter­race.

The project was de­liv­ered in part­ner­ship with Far­rans Con­struc­tion and the Ed­u­ca­tion Fund­ing Agency, who con­trib­uted £7 mil­lion to the project.

Mark An­der­son said: “I’d like to thank the Lon­don Bor­ough of Hilling­don for all their sup­port and for mak­ing this hap­pen. This new build­ing to me is about in­spir­ing peo­ple, staff, stu­dents and the lo­cal com­mu­nity as well.

“I think it’s go­ing to take this school to the next level, so I want to say a mas­sive thank you to every­body who’s been in­volved in this project. Thank you very much.”

Cllr Ray Pud­di­foot, said: “The ex­cep­tional fa­cil­i­ties at North­wood School will help to pro­vide young peo­ple with an ex­cel­lent ed­u­ca­tion.

“The re­build of North­wood is only the

The ex­cep­tional fa­cil­i­ties at North­wood School will help to pro­vide youg peo­ple with an ex­cel­lent ed­u­ca­tion”

start of the coun­cil’s £144 mil­lion sec­ondary school ex­pan­sion pro­gramme.

“We al­ready have one of the largest pri­mary and sec­ondary school ex­pan­sion pro­grammes in Lon­don to en­sure that ev­ery child is of­fered a place as close to home as pos­si­ble, and we will con­tinue to cre­ate places for sec­ondary schools as de­mand grows.”

Pho­tos by Toby Van­de­velde

CUR­TAIN UP: The re­build­ing project in­cludes a theatre with re­tractable seat­ing, spec­tial­ist de­sign and tech­nol­ogy build­ings, new sports fa­cil­i­ties and an out­door learn­ing ter­race

LAUNCH: Leader of the Hilling­don Coun­cil Ray Pud­di­foot and Mayor of Hilling­don Cllr John Hens­ley at the of­fi­cial open­ing of North­wood School, re­built in a ma­jor project

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