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Building works and impact on school term

posted 12 Jul 2013, 07:15 by Phil Broughton

I am sure you are aware that the building programme is now well advanced. At the moment, all of the Hertford building and The Acorn is closed for refurbishment and new build. By September, the following will be in place:

  • The Acorn re-opened for the new Year 7, with new cabling, decoration and infrastructure upgraded
  • Most of Hertford building will be open with new classrooms, updated ICT and new layout

As you will guess, we are delighted with the progress; these are certainly exciting times for us as we watch the architects’ and staff dream of a school for the 21st century take shape before our eyes

By October half term, the canteen, the music suite (which will include digital media and radio facilities), and the Mac suite, all of which adjoin Hertford, will also be completed. Work will then begin on the west side of the Park Building (where the visitors’ entrance and other offices are currently sited); the demolition of the technology building (which should take place in half term) and the upgrading of the Art Block. The expectation is that the Technology faculty should be in the one block – the current Art Block - by January 2014.

As you can imagine, the amount of movement that staff will have to do, in terms of classroom re-location, is enormous and the builders have advised us that we need to extend the time where students are not in school by 4 days to allow them and us to move equipment and resources. Therefore, we are proposing the following:

  • The summer term finishes for students on Friday 19 July 2013 rather than Wednesday 24 July
  • The autumn term begins for Years 7 & 11 on Monday 9 September 2013, with Year 7 starting at 8.25 and Year 11 at 11.20. Years 8-10 start on Tuesday 10 September 2013, rather than Friday 6 September for Year 7 and Monday 9 September for the rest of the school

We sincerely hope that this does not cause inconvenience to parents and carers. The builders, the contractors, RPA staff and the project managers have been working very hard to minimise disruption and to ensure that student learning is never compromised. Please be assured also that the health and safety of all on site remains of paramount importance and this too is at the forefront of our thinking.

Should you require further information, you can contact the Facilities Manager, Ms Reddings or Ms Edwards, who is the Leadership link person to the builders.