Sneak pre­view in­side new £20m academy

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­

A SPEC­TAC­U­LAR £20 mil­lion school which will bring lessons into the 21st cen­tury is on sched­ule to open in Septem­ber.

The new Or­mis­ton Bush­field Academy build­ing has been un­der con­struc­tion for a year, and The Evening Tele­graph was al­lowed a sneak peek at how the project was com­ing along.

Much of the con­struc­tion work has been com­pleted on the shell of the 10,000 square me­tre build­ing which is at the back of the cur­rent school at the Or­ton Cen­tre in Peter­bor­ough.

The new build­ing will house class­rooms for the 950 chil­dren and 170 teach­ing staff who are due to move over at the start of the school year.

The school’s new stage and TV stu­dio are also clearly recog­nis­able, with the stu­dio gallery al­most ready ex­cept for need­ing the hi-tech equip­ment to be in­stalled.

Michael Bullard, the school’s fi­nance di­rec­tor, said pupils could not wait to see the fin­ished school.

He said: “It is very ex­cit­ing for ev­ery­body to be able to see the progress be­ing made ev­ery week and ev­ery month.

“Pupils have had the chance to help de­sign parts of the build­ing and teach­ers and gov­er­nors have also had the chance to look round.

“What is also im­por­tant is the abil­ity for the com­mu­nity to use the fa­cil­i­ties.

“There will be a pub­lic li­brary at the school and the com­mu­nity will be en­cour­aged to use the school stage, ra­dio sta­tion and TV stu­dios out­side of school hours.”

Each depart­ment has been colour-coded, with walls in cor­ri­dors and class­rooms given their own per­sonal touch - in­clud­ing in­spi­ra­tional quotes from fa­mous faces.

And it is not just the pupils who will ben­e­fit from the up­graded build­ing. The staff room will in­clude an out­door ter­race, while the equip­ment be­ing in­stalled will be some of the best in the city.

The project is be­ing com­pleted by Kier and project man­ager Richard Ger­man said: “Every­thing is go­ing to plan so far and we are con­fi­dent it will be ready in July.”

works: The new can­teen area be­ing con­structed at Or­mis­ton Bush­field Academy.

build­ing: The ex­te­rior of part of the new Or­mis­ton Bush­field Academy build­ing.

get­ting into shape: Class­rooms that are start­ing to shape up in the new Or­mis­ton Bush­field Academy build­ing.

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