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L-R: Steve Hall (Head), Chris White (MP), Moira-Ann Granger (Mayor), Rob Slack (Ashe)

Warwick academy expands

Aylesford school will become one of the first combined secondary and primary schools in the area from September

Posted by Dave Higgitt | January 31, 2015 | Bricks & mortar

The Ashe Construction-led £2.7 million investment in expanding the Warwick school buildings will mean that, from September this year, youngsters aged between four and 19 will be able to take up places at the academy school.

Six extra classrooms will be built on the campus, creating space for around 250 more children in line with the area’s local plan - which will see housing numbers in Warwick increase.

Site manager for the project, Rob Slack of Ashe Construction, said: “This is a ground-breaking project which will meet the needs of the local community. It will be very exciting for the school to be able to offer continuous education from the age of four to 18 and we are looking forward to completing the project on time and on budget so that we can hand it back over to the teachers and pupils in the late summer.”

County councillor Colin Hayfield, who is responsible for education and learning at Warwickshire County Council, added that the necessary expansion was the ideal response to the mounting pressures on schools to find extra places.

He said: “This is an exciting opportunity to deliver something innovative. It’s good to work with the school and answer a growing need for places in the area.”

Ashe Construction are a member of the East Midlands Property Alliance (empa) which is a collection of local authorities and companies that work together to procure collaboratively.

Ashe worked collaboratively with Scape Design services from the outset to achieve a quick design period.

Steve Hall, headteacher at the school, said: “This is a very exciting development for the school and we are looking forward to welcoming youngsters from September. The new buildings will mean we will be able to offer continuity of education from a very young age to post 16 education.”

A turf cutting ceremony took place at the school in December, attended by members of the Ashe team, a local MP Chris White and the Mayor of Warwick Moira-Ann Grainger, and work will be completed in the summer.

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