Building work has been ramping up at Little Heath School in Reading as the school rapidly approaches the first teaching break in the 19/20 academic year.
Wates Construction has been on site since the spring carrying out preparatory works following its appointment by the Department for Education to construct a new £14.8 million building for the Tilehurst secondary school.
The new building will serve as a central administration facility and also host the main hall, a new kitchen and dining area, drama and activity studios, the school’s Technology department and other teaching rooms. When complete in December 2020 it will replace several existing school buildings which will be demolished.
The project is being funded by the government’s Priority School Building Programme 2 (PSBP2) which aims to rebuild or replace the schools in the worst condition across the UK.
Little Heath is a mixed 11-18 school founded in 1963 that currently caters for approximately 1,650 students, with over 300 of these in the sixth form.
Alec Jackman, Business Unit Director of Wates Construction Southern Home Counties, commented:
“We’re pleased to have been awarded the important task of rebuilding parts of this highly regarded school in Tilehurst, Reading. Our appointment reflects our credibility and experience in the delivery of innovative learning environments that have a resounding impact upon the social and intellectual development of young people. We’re making great progress on site and have been accelerating works as the school approaches half term.”
Mr David Ramsden, Headteacher at Little Heath, said:
“This is a very exciting project for Little Heath School. It will provide our students with much improved facilities, to not only enhance teaching and learning, but also benefit their school experience on a daily basis.”