Pupils get first glance at their new Grantham school
Future students of Springwell Alternative Academy Grantham joined Midlands contractor G. F. Tomlinson on site for an exclusive look at their brand-new school building.
To mark the occasion, a commemorative brick engraved with ‘2019’ was laid by the students near the school’s main entrance, on New Beacon Road.
Members of the Wellspring Academy Trust, school teachers and staff joined the children and G. F. Tomlinson for the behind-the-scenes tour and brick-laying ceremony to celebrate progress on the building of the school.
The academy will provide learning opportunities for children and young people who are unable to attend mainstream schools due to social, emotional and mental health reasons.
Since starting works in August, the building’s steel frame, roof and windows have all been installed, and mechanical and electrical installation and other internal works are progressing.
Once complete next summer, the academy will accommodate 61 pupils aged four-16 and will feature specialised teaching spaces, an assembly hall, special educational needs therapy room, hygiene room, fitness suite, parents’ room and multiple use games area.
Ian Dalby, framework manager at G. F. Tomlinson, said: “This has been the first opportunity for the academy’s future pupils and staff to have a look at their new school. The project is progressing quickly inside and out so there has been a lot for the children to learn about the building and how it is being built.
“Witnessing the children lay the commemorative brick in celebration of the ongoing works made the day extra special and it was wonderful to have them on-site with the team.”
Following the brick-laying ceremony, members of the trust remained on site with G. F. Tomlinson’s team to welcome local residents for a ‘Meet the Builder’ coffee morning.
Springwell Alternative Academy Grantham is one of three alternative academies being built in Lincolnshire for Wellspring Academy Trust through the Department for Education construction framework.