Interserve Press Office | Aug 02, 2011
Interserve, the international support services and construction group has begun work on one of the first academies to be delivered through the government's free schools initiative.
Langley Hall Primary Academy, near Slough, Berkshire, has been set up by husband and wife team, Chris and Sally Eaton, who have 25 years' experience in running local independent schools and nurseries.
Free schools are all-ability state-funded schools set up in response to what local people say they want and need in order to improve education for children in their community.
The Grade II-listed Langley Hall, home to RAF Group Headquarters of Bomber Command during World War II, will undergo extensive restoration and alteration work this summer before the first pupils pass through its doors in September.
The £1.6 million refurbishment will be carried out by Interserve which has delivered more than £400 million worth of schools projects, UK-wide, over the past two years.
Interserve will redecorate and restore many of the original features of Langley Hall, while removing some 20th century internal partitions and additions, to create flexible learning spaces.
All restoration work will be carried out in close consultation with both the academy and the local heritage department at Slough Borough Council.
The work will include the creation of nine new classrooms, a new hall, three new toilets and cloakrooms, a new reception area, offices and a staff room and new mechanical, electrical and ICT installations. Further works will be carried out during the summers of 2012 and 2013.
John O'Neill, Area Manager for Interserve, said: "Interserve will create a modern, 21st century learning environment, while retaining the historic character of the building. We will work closely with the academy's directors to ensure we deliver a facility that more than matches their aspirations.
“Interserve has a strong track record in the education sector and we look forward to working in partnership with Langley Hall Primary Academy, our first ‘free school’ project."
Sally Eaton, Education Director for Langley Hall Primary Academy, said: “There is a desperate shortage of primary school places in Langley and Slough and, by September 2011, this is estimated to be 342. Langley Hall Primary Academy is going some way towards meeting that need.
“The free school initiative has given me the opportunity to provide the sort of education that I believe in to all children and not just to the few who can afford to pay for it.
“Our school motto is Ad Vitam Paramus which means 'We are Preparing for Life'. The school is aiming to attract children from all backgrounds, including those with special educational needs.
“We will start by encouraging children to enjoy learning and see it as a lifelong process. We have been overwhelmed by the parental response to the new school and are full for entry to classes for this September, with a waiting list for next year.”
Langley Hall Primary Academy will focus on strong numeracy and literacy, communication skills, plus art, design and creativity.
It will feature the latest information and communication technology, and will be open for community use outside of school hours.
Langley Hall Primary Academy will be one of the first free schools to open, and its progress from concept through the construction phase to its opening this September is being filmed for a special feature on free schools by BBC Television.
Further information about Langley Hall is on the official website: http://www.lhpa.co.uk/about/.
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