Parents will be well aware of the extensive refurbishment programme we have rolled out across the school over the last three years and the recent Summer Term saw the pace continue as extensive works were carried out. We operate on a very tight budget but continue to make every single penny count.

This summer saw the refurbishment of a string of classrooms and science labs which included new flooring, fresh painting, new blinds, and seat and desk replacements / repairs.

Elsewhere, a new computer room was installed to cater for the increased vocational provision, new windows were installed in Science, urgent roofing repairs across the Science and DT rooms were carried out, and extra site security was put in place for the main building and the sports hall in the form of fencing and anti-climb paint.

We also obtained funding for full LED lighting across the main site so every room is now brighter and more energy efficient and we have restructured re-cycling to improve our ‘green’ record. Furthermore, we have set up new server to streamline and update our network and manage data better and
The finance team also managed – through some creative and dedicated online tracking – to get some great deals to update and improve blinds, storage items, display boards and general furniture.

Finally, the PTFA funded a second wave of improved seating in the canteen which has increased the capacity significantly and helped support our response to the growing student numbers were are catering for.

Wendy Bennett, School Business Manager, said: “The school never really closes and many of us were in throughout the summer break making sure we kept our momentum going. The whole team deserves massive praise, they contribute to our improved results as much as anyone, and we are already planning for Summer 2020.

Matt Allman, Headteacher, added: “We are getting there on the refurbishment programme but there are some large scale structural jobs – such as the roofs on the sports hall and Science block – that are more likely to benefit now we have academy status as it opens up funding streams previously unavailable to us. The bids are going in and we will do all we can. Our students deserve the best, they deserve all their educational funding to be put to the best educational use, and like always we fully intend to deliver.”