The Brakenhale School in Bracknell has secured funding towards the purchase of furniture for its new building thanks to its partnership with main contractor, Wates Construction.
Wates is currently constructing new school facilities which will replace classrooms that are no longer fit for purpose. The new building will vastly improve the learning environment and provide enhanced teaching spaces for science and technology subjects.
Brakenhale, which caters for 1,290 local students, opened in 1958 as Borough Green City Secondary School. Today, Brakenhale is an 11–19 mixed comprehensive school situated on the southern side of Bracknell.
Wates Giving, a charitable programme run by the Wates Family Enterprise, has made a grant of £500 to the school following a grant application put forward by Wates Construction on behalf of the school. The Trust forms part of the Wates family’s commitment to being responsible business owners.
The cheque was presented to the school by the Deputy Mayor of Bracknell Town at a ceremony attended by Wates’ Community Investment Adviser Sally Kinchin, who also presented the school with a trophy for being runners up in the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) Hoarding Competition.
Wates was appointed to the project through Phase 2 of ESFA’s Priority School Building Programme (PSBP2) to rebuild or refurbish those school buildings in the very worst condition across the country. The new building at Brakenhale is the first of four projects that Wates will deliver across the Thames Valley as part of PSBP2.
Sally Kinchin said:
“One of the most rewarding aspects of working on projects at schools is getting to know the students and teachers, and using our time on site to demonstrate to them the many opportunities the construction industry has to offer. Since starting on site we’ve developed a great relationship with the school, and we’re very pleased to be able to provide it with this grant and the CCS trophy.”