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State-of-the-art building for Queen Elizabeth Academy

The Queen Elizabeth Academy enhances pupils' learning with new facilities

Posted by Lucinda Reid | November 11, 2016 | Bricks & mortar

The Queen Elizabeth Academy in Atherstone is benefiting from a brand new state-of-the-art building, after receiving funding from the Education Funding Agency.

Built on the existing site on Witherley Road, the £10.85m academy now features state of the art facilities and will benefit 600 pupils from year seven to 11 as well as the community at large.

Work on the building started in September 2015 and was carried out through the Priority School Building Programme which addresses the needs of schools most in need of urgent repair. The Queen Elizabeth Academy was the only academy in Warwickshire to benefit from the programme.

The new academy building opened to pupils on their return from October half term on Tuesday 1st November 2016.

Dan Watts, Principal at The Queen Elizabeth Academy, which is part of Academy Transformation Trust, has worked in education for 18 years. He was previously promoted to Acting Principal in September 2015 from the position of Deputy Principal.

Commenting on his position of Principal, Dan said: “The brand new building is a fantastic opportunity for the academy and one that will provide the pupils and staff with state-of-the-art facilities.

“The rapid improvement has already resulted in the academy’s best ever examination results this summer. My vision is to provide an excellent education for all students where everyone has the opportunity to be truly successful.”

Current and former pupils, parents, and teachers, also had the opportunity to look around both the old and new school buildings during a community event on Saturday 5th November 2016.

The event was attended by North Warwickshire and Bedworth MP, Craig Tracey, and Atherstone Town Mayor, Councillor Ray Jarvis.

L TO R: Head Girl at TQEA; Atherstone Town Mayor, Councillor Ray Jarvis; Principal Dan Watts and Head Boy at TQEA

MP Craig Tracey, commented: “It was great to visit the finished school which will provide an excellent new learning space for local people.”

Councillor Ray Jarvis, who attended the school from 1963 to 1967, added: “It is good to see the old building one last time. As a former pupil, seeing the old school building brought back many memories and I am delighted with this superb new building for the school and community.”

The Queen Elizabeth Academy is an 11-16 mixed comprehensive academy. Our aim is to give every child who joins our academy the very best chance possible to lead a healthy, satisfying, successful and happy life during which they will have made the best of the talents available to them.

For more information please visit The Queen Elzabeth Academy's website

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