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Major milestone marked at Wexham School Sports College

The work at Wexham School is part of the council's ambitious school places programme

Posted by Lucinda Reid | January 19, 2018 | Events

Morgan Sindall has celebrated a major milestone in its work expanding Wexham School Sports College, Slough, with a steel signing ceremony.

Headteacher Lawrence Smith was joined by the school’s Year 7 and Year 8 students, teachers and governors, as well as representatives from Morgan Sindall, Slough Borough Council and Slough Urban Renewal (SUR) management team, to mark the occasion.

SUR is an innovative public-private partnership between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd, which is driving regeneration across the town, delivering new leisure facilities and housing, along with community and school buildings.

The work at Wexham School is part of the council’s ambitious school places programme – a multi-million-pound investment in primary and secondary school buildings, extensions and new schools – to provide enough places for Slough’s current and future young people.

The £10-million-pound project is creating a new three-storey teaching block, to allow for the school’s expansion into an eight-form entry secondary school. There has also been internal alterations to the existing building, as well as additional parking spaces added on site to accommodate more staff.

The 32,000 sq ft teaching block will house 28 classrooms, a library, a sixth-form study centre, group rooms, staff work rooms, and a reception area. The school’s existing library is being redeveloped to create two new science laboratories.

Additionally the landscaping will create a campus corridor to link the existing school building and the playing fields, as well as covered cycle storage to encourage sustainable travel for both staff and pupils.

James York, Area Director at Morgan Sindall, said: “With Slough billed as one of the best places to live and work in the country, it’s sure to see its population increase. Being able to deliver modern, future-proof schools, quickly and cost-effectively is an important planning consideration. We’re incredibly pleased to be working with the council to enhance the education offering in the area, and it’s gratifying to mark this milestone in the school’s expansion.”

Lawrence Smith, Headteacher at Wexham School, said: “I am exceptionally proud that Slough Borough Council chose Wexham to invest in. Redeveloping and adding these fantastic facilities to our already impressive science, technology and creative arts – and of course sports facilities – we will really have a school fit for 21st century education. This combined with our recent Ofsted inspection in November 2017, where the school was judged ‘Good’ in all areas, will give us the launch pad we need to be a truly great school.”

Construction work is due to be completed by winter 2018.

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