A Message from the Principal
I am delighted to be in a position to announce the opening of our new eight classroom teaching block. The new two-storey ultra-energy efficient 655m2 “Schoolhaus” building will form the Academy’s Business and Enterprise Centre. The classrooms will mainly be used to deliver Mathematics,
Business Studies and PE theory lessons. In addition there is a KS4 meeting space, toilet bock, offices and a study area for students. The CEIAG (Careers, Education, Information, Advice, and Guidance) programme and enterprise initiatives will also be provided in the new building.
As an academy, we invariably receive many more applications for places than are available and for some time, we have needed to expand our capacity to accommodate additional students. With a very limited capital budget for new or replacement buildings, the new Business and Enterprise Centre was funded by UK Energy Partners on a seven year operating lease.
As Principal, I am really pleased with the building. Students and staff are really excited about working in our new facilities. This is a 21st century building and our students will benefit enormously by being taught in a such a world class learning environment.
I would like to thank UK Energy Partners and Net Zero Buildings who have been incredible to us. We really appreciate the way they have worked with us, especially inviting our students to see the building being constructed “offsite”, advising us regarding the design and helping to get the building open in time for the run up to the summer’s GCSE examinations.
The 240 place building constructed by UK Energy Partners and Net Zero Buildings, was officially declared open on Thursday 12th January 2017 by David Tredinnick MP, Member of Parliament for Bosworth and The Worshipful the Mayor of Hinckley & Bosworth, Councillor Richard Allen.
Mr Tredinnick, MP said, “This is a very important improvement for the school giving them an energy neutral building and a manageable financial package.”
Mr Allen the Mayor of Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council said, “When I was in school in the 1960s there were no energy efficient buildings. It is brilliant to see innovations such as this. Congratulations to the school and of course UK Energy Partners on such a great building.”
Peter Johnston, Chief Executive Officer, UK Energy Partners said, “My highlight of the day was a presentation given by eight of the school’s students about why everyone should build net zero buildings – real advocates of carbon reduction! It was rewarding that much of the presentation stemmed from our factory visit these pupils undertook back in November and further demonstrated the benefit of that type of engagement.”
Having completed this project our attention now turns to upgrading our science facilities, kitchens and increasing teaching spaces to meet the growing demand for places.