GREEN LIGHT FOR REDEVELOPMENT OF HARTSHILL SCHOOL
A Nuneaton school has secured government funding for a complete rebuild on its current site. Hartshill School, part of the Midland Academies Trust (MAT), is set to benefit from brand new state of the art facilities with work due to start by the end of this year. The redevelopment project will deliver a transformative facility that is fit for 21st century teaching and will be carbon neutral by design.
For several years, the MAT worked with its sponsor, North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC) and others, including MP for Nuneaton, Marcus Jones, to highlight the urgent need for new facilities at Hartshill School, calling on the Department for Education to prioritise its inclusion in the first round of funding from the Government’s transformative school rebuilding programme which was announced last summer.
Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Chief Executive of the Midland Academies Trust, said, “We are delighted with the news that Hartshill School has been selected to benefit from this investment by the Department for Education. The new school will be based in a single building developed adjacent to the existing premises at Church Road. The aim is to provide a welcoming and secure environment with open spaces and wide corridors that encourages pupils to engage fully in their learning. Sustainability will be at the heart of the new school’s design with facilities making as much use as possible of natural light, with efficient use of power helping to deliver fully carbon neutral credentials.”
“Hartshill School has a long tradition of educating pupils and enabling them to develop and create successful futures. Inevitably with any organisation with a strong heritage, wear and tear on its facilities have taken their toll on our buildings. What is more, as education has changed, we need to adapt to new styles of learning and provide alternative and better resources.”
Pupils in Years 7 and 8 at the school were excited about the plans including Alex B who described the news as ‘cool’ and ‘awesome’. Jayden N was full of enthusiasm at the prospect of a more modern school environment. Brooke B said, “I can't wait for a new school that will be more accessible for people like me.”
Callum P said, “A new school will change our reputation because we are so much better than our current building.”
Grace O said, “I am very excited about the new building as it will have modern technology and will give me opportunities for the future.”
Erin T said, “I am really delighted that we are getting a brand-new school and I am thrilled that I will have a better place to study my GCSEs.”
Simon Lomax, Executive Principal of the Midland Academies Trust said, “This announcement is fantastic news for Hartshill School and the local community. As we continue to carry out regular maintenance to improve current facilities and resources at the school, we are focusing on investing in equipment that can easily be moved to the new building when it is completed.”
“It is our intention that school life will continue uninterrupted on the same site during redevelopment and that the school will move into its new building when it has been completed.”