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Academy invests in offsite building in order to open early

Ruth Gorse Academy has invested in temporary offsite accommodation to enable it to open its doors two years early

Posted by Stephanie Broad | December 03, 2015 | Bricks & mortar

Work started on The Ruth Gorse Academy in 2014, to create the 1550m2 temporary school to accommodate 95 year seven pupils. Completed in August 2014, the school facility has been erected in the grounds of Morley Academy whilst their permanent facility is being built.

Comprising five classrooms, three offices, two laboratories, an IT suite and reception area, the first phase of the two-phase temporary school was delivered and installed in just six weeks by Actavo Buildings.

The Ruth Gorse Academy has a reputation for setting high standards of excellence and instigating rapid rates of improvement, as Rebekah Taylor – principal at The Ruth Gorse Academy – says: “Funding is currently a challenge for education providers. Offsite construction allows us to safeguard vulnerable children’s education whilst being prudent with our funding streams.

“Being based at Morley Academy has allowed us to share knowledge and facilities which has benefited the learning and wellbeing of students.

“Ultimately, our aim was to protect the children’s right to an exceptional secondary education as soon as possible. That drove us to open our school in September 2014 – enabling us to start serving the community in south Leeds as quickly as possible.”

Inside the temporary building

Phase two of the development – which was completed in the summer of 2015 –houses a further 190 pupils in the additional 484m2 accommodation which comprises six classrooms and staff work areas.

Once the Ruth Gorse Academy’s permanent, £27m home opens in 2016, it will initially accommodate 536 students, incrementally rising to a capacity of 1,040 by September 2018,  and be the closest educational facility to Leeds City Centre, working with students from the south of the city. 

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