Topping out ceremony marks Grantham school’s milestone

Shepherd Construction Director Paul Waller, left, with Clive Shepherd, headteacher of Priory Ruskin Academy, at the topping out ceremony. Photo: 0151B
Shepherd Construction Director Paul Waller, left, with Clive Shepherd, headteacher of Priory Ruskin Academy, at the topping out ceremony. Photo: 0151B
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A topping out ceremony was held at Priory Ruskin Academy in Grantham last Friday to mark the completion of the roof on the new £13.5 million new school.

A ceremony was held on the roof in which a ceremonial trowel was presented by Paul Waller, director of Shepherd Construction which is building the new school, to Priory headteacher Clive Shepherd.

Lincolnshire County Council chairman Ray Wootton and Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services, joined Academy staff pupils and representatives of Shepherd Construction for the ceremony.

Pupils will be able to move into their new classrooms in February, after the half-term, once the internal fittings of the buildings is complete. Then the old buildings, except for the exisiting sports and gym facilities, will be demolished to make way for better sporting facilities and car parking.

There are also plans for a swimming pool and cricket pavilion.

Headteacher Mr Shepherd said: “We are looking at the culmination of all the hard work over the last three years. We have given blood, sweat and tears to get to this stage and we are very much looking forward to moving in.”

Mr Shepherd said the school was looking forward to even closer links with the community and working with primary schools in the area.

Coun Bradwell said: “It’s good to see this major school project reach such a key milestone in the build programme.”

Chairman of governors June Kirton added: “The students will have brilliant opportunities and I hope they enjoy the new facilities. I never dreamt it would be like this.”

And parent governor and trustee Steve Milner said: “I think it’s fabulous. The kids are going to benefit from the amazing facilities which combined with the hard work they do in school are going to give great benefits.”