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Golden Bolt Marks Key Stage In Academy?s Future

21st Jan 2015

Golden Bolt Marks Key Stage In Academy?s Future

A golden bolt, expertly secured in place by Northern Education Trust (NET) chief executive, Ian Kershaw, marked the final stage in the structure of a brand new academy building currently under construction in Stockton.

Sponsored by NET the Grangefield Academy will now really begin to take shape, ready for the new student intake in 2016. When it opens it will offer a superior learning environment, enabling students to benefit from a superb state-of-the-art building including a large sports hall, activity studio, drama studio, main hall and dining hall as well as the usual teaching spaces.

Built under the Priority Schools Building Programme with an undisclosed sum of funding from the Education Funding Agency, the new Grangefield Academy is being constructed by national building contractor, Kier Group.

The design of the academy reflects NET?s wish to support ?human scale education? where every student is known and treated as an individual. It is modelled on the style of another NET-sponsored academy, Dyke House Sports and Technology College in Hartlepool, where it is considered to have not only made a positive impact on its academic performance, but also, improved the attitude of pupils towards learning.

Executive director of academies, Bill Jordon, commented: ?The thinking behind human scale education is to develop small learning communities within large schools so that each year group will remain in a dedicated area for most of their time in secondary education, with their own set of teachers. Students will only be required to leave their designated area to attend lessons in PE, technology, music, art and drama. All other lessons will be delivered by a team of teachers working with the head of school.

?This type of approach delivers proven results and is ideal for creating consistency and stability within the school day. It allows students to develop a greater sense of ownership about their school and to build strong relationships with the same teachers throughout their school career so that academic progress can be more easily evaluated. We are very excited about the possibilities for raising educational standards across the board with this approach.?

Mr Kershaw, said: ?I am pleased to have seen the progress being made with the new academy at first hand and to have played a small part in the completion of this important phase of construction.

?This is going to be a superb facility for the local community. We are looking forward to getting the students into their new building - it will totally transform their learning and it really is a marvellous opportunity for them.?

Kier project manager, Chris Meadowcroft, added: ?We are delighted to be involved in delivering this project, which will see improved education facilities offering lasting benefits to both pupils and staff at the Grangefield Academy.?