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School's joy as foundations for new building are laid
1:30pm Wednesday 19th September 2012 in News
ORMISTON Park Academy is celebrating as the foundations of its brand new building are laid.
Balfour Beatty, contractors for the £15million campus, say they are confident building will be ready in time for September next year.
The new building, on the academy’s current site in Nethan Drive, Aveley, will have an ampitheatre, a lecture theatre accommodating up to 90 pupils, a winter garden, sports unit, e-library, as well as a canteen for parents and pupils complete with sandwich bars and a combination of ovens and hobs.
Each classroom will have its own terrace to enable pupils to take learning outside. There will also be three buildings for each of the school’s colleges, Aspen, Bantan and Sycamore.
Around £1million is being spent on technology and computers for all students, with wi-fi across the whole building, so each student will have access to a pc or laptop with internet access at all times.
Prinicpal Tess Walker, said: “We are now finally seeing our plans become real. “It's taken a lot of hard work to get this far but this fantastic new school build is what our plans have been all about from day one and why we remain committed to the project.
“We know as a school that this new build is not simply about a new building, it is in fact a complete transformation of everything that relates to learning for students.”
The academy’s sixth form is now becoming one of the largest in Thurrock, and their sixth formers start their term in the old building, then transfer to their new high tech purpose built block within the new build.