Building work is continuing apace at The Matthew Arnold School in Staines-upon-Thames, as teachers and students rapidly approach the first half term of the new academic year.
Wates Construction has been on site since the spring carrying out preparatory works following its £17.8m appointment by the Department for Education to construct a new school building for the 900-capacity secondary school.
The new building will replace all of the school’s current facilities including administration offices, main hall, kitchen and dining space, teaching areas for technology, art, science, IT and music plus learning resource spaces and a new, modern school entrance. Only the gym and drama department will be retained within existing buildings.
Construction is expected to be completed in December 2020 whereupon the current building will be demolished and external landscaping will take place.
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.
The Matthew Arnold School is a co-educational 11-16 facility founded in 1975 and located on Kingston Road in Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey.
Alec Jackman, Business Unit Director of Wates Construction Southern Home Counties, commented:
“We’re well underway with the important task of building these much-needed new facilities for The Matthew Arnold School in Staines-upon-Thames. We know that exceptional learning environments have a tangible influence on the educational development of young people and we are drawing upon our extensive experience as a trusted contractor for the education sector to ensure the quality delivery of this new school building. We’ve made great progress and are accelerating works as we approach the first break in the new school year.”
Headteacher, Mary Gould, who is an enthusiastic supporter of the project, added:
“Our students deserve the very best facilities and we are very excited to see the new building taking shape. The design of the new school combines traditional with modern in an innovative layout that will nurture our community spirit and inspire our students to excel academically. We are delighted to be working in close collaboration with Wates Construction, whose ethos and sense of purpose so closely match our own.”