Paralympic gold medal winner Richard Whitehead MBE officially opened the spectacular reconstruction of Farnborough School in Clifton. The sporting star also gave a talk to the school’s pupils and staff.
Farnborough School, which is due to convert to an academy from September 2014, has had £17million invested in the impressive reconstruction. Farnborough is the final scheme to be completed in the Building Schools for the Future and Academies Programmes, which has seen over £200m invested in 13 schools over the past decade.
Councillor Jon Collins, leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “We always try to maximise the number of construction jobs for local workers, so that school expansion projects benefit local jobs and local children alike. The creation of the new building is fantastic news for the school and I’m delighted students will have such a great environment in which to learn.”
Phil Crompton, executive head teacher, said: “This event signals a real statement of intent. Education matters. It can be a gateway to success and this wonderful new building will, over the next few years, make an enormous impact upon the lives of the people of Clifton and the surrounding area. It’s hard to believe how quickly the site was transformed – and now we must make sure it’s put to good use.”
Building works have been completed by Carillion Building as a private finance initiative scheme, which means that a contractor inspiredspaces Nottingham Ltd is responsible for both building the school and then running a number of services. For example, cleaning, caretaking and grounds maintenance for a 25-year period. Part of the theory behind this is that it releases the school’s senior leadership team from some of the day-to-day aspects of the school’s operation, so that they can concentrate on teaching and learning.
Ken Powell, general manager of inspiredspaces Nottingham Ltd, said: “Having refurbished and renewed more than 20 schools over the past six years across the city, we are proud to have delivered such an exciting project as Farnborough, in order to conclude our education portfolio. It has been a great achievement to build such an iconic structure in less than a year, using innovative construction techniques that will support the education of over 1,000 pupils in the city.”