Multi-Million New Build Go Ahead

An architect's drawing of the new teaching block, to be built at Healing School.

A £3.6-million, state-of-the-art teaching block with 18 classrooms and a new library is to be built at Healing School.

Paid for by the Government's Academies Capital Maintenance Fund, work will start in July with the new facilities open in September, 2015.

The news marks the end of a two-year battle to win the funds and improve the learning environment for students and staff at the Low Road, Healing, academy.

For Principal Ann Addison, the start of the new build will be particularly poignant as it will coincide with her retirement after 11 hugely successful years in charge.

"It will mean fabulous facilities for our wonderful children and staff at Healing," she said. "They deserve the best and the 18 new classrooms, library and learning support centre will be exactly that.

"They will be state-of-the-art, equipped with the latest in technology. We have been two years trying to unlock the capital monies and the news it's going to happen is the realisation of a dream."

Mrs Addison worked on the application with Principal Designate Mark Knapton, a current Vice Principal, who will take the reins in September.

"It is terrific news for Mark who led on the writing side of the bid and others in the team who have been involved. It's his vision which will shape the new facilities with me stepping down in September.

"The investment is part of the Government's plan to expand successful schools and I could not be more pleased that we've been successful at last.

"It will enable more children to study at this Ofsted-rated outstanding school, which is great news for the area.

"It is also excellent news personally as it means that I will be finishing at the school on a high.

"I've been here 11 years and, in that time, we have had major building projects in each of those years because we've been focused on improving the learning and teaching environment for our children and staff."

Mrs Addison also credited the governing body which had lobbied hard for the capital funds.

Its chair, Tony Beach, was also delighted by the multi-million pound investment.

"It will mark a major expansion of the school and the facilities it can offer," he said.

"I'd like to thank Mrs Addison, Mr Knapton and the other members of the team who had the imagination to come up with an outstanding project. They were determined to see it come to fruition.

"It will mean we are able to continue to fulfil our vision of academic excellence in a first class teaching and learning environment.

"The children, staff and community richly deserve this wonderful prize."

The new building will take shape in the heart of the current school, on the left hand side before the main entrance, parallel to the administration block.

Healing School - Tuesday 6th May 2014

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