The rebuilding of South Nottinghamshire Academy in Radcliffe-on-Trent has started under the Government’s Priority Schools Building Programme. Bowmer and Kirkland has started construction work and the new building is planned to open in September 2016.
Dan Philpotts, head of academy at the school, said: “Planning and consultation has been taking place for some time and we have had to make some difficult community decisions along the way.
“But it is a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our community to have a fantastic fit-for-purpose new school building. Our students only get one chance at their secondary education and we will finally have an incredible resource to add value to our provision.”
The building is a three-storey finger block design which the school say “meets the educational needs of the current students and future generations”.
General and practical teaching spaces have been organised in suites with a sense of identity, but allowing some variation in the range of spaces.
The new build is efficient and provides a dining space which is a central focus to the school and can be used as a milling space during the school day and, in conjunction with the hall and drama space, for after-school events.
The only existing facilities that will remain are the artificial floodlit pitch, tennis courts and the sports hall, with the latter receiving a significant refurbishment. Once complete, the new building will provide the school community with a long-lasting, modern-day facility that will enhance students’ educational experience.
Mr Philpotts added “I am delighted that we will have a school building that our community can be proud of and an amazing new facility for our students.
“It marks the next step on our journey of improvement and for everyone involved with South Nottinghamshire Academy, a very exciting future lies ahead.”