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New buildings

Arnold Hill’s new building is great and it’s already making a difference. Three years ago structural problems were identified in the 60 year old upper school building and an accelerated process led to the new one being developed. The classrooms are clean and airy, the corridors wide enough to accommodate the movement of up to 1000 young people and the sports hall is a place in which anyone would want to show off their sporting talents. I am almost tempted to come out of retirement on the 5 a side pitch myself.

Perhaps the biggest difference is the main hall with the tiered seating. A new assembly rota has started and every year group experience a talk presented by a senior member of staff. Last week Mr. Taylor explained why the Olympics and Paralympics were so inspiring, this week Mr. Robertson has been focusing on “Be proud of your school”  and next week I’m live on stage with a look at “Our wonderful world”- a few tickets are still available!

The new building has everyone walking a little bit taller. It was needed, now it is in place and the old lower school building has been improved as well  The future is bright at Arnold Hill.

The Farnborough building is now 3 years old but still looks like new. The pupils have responded positively to it and it is a visible statement of how important education is. And at Rushcliffe the new Sixth Form Centre is thriving with admissions increasing year on year and students enjoying the new experience - remember they had previously been housed in portacabins behind the leisure centre. Everyone is hoping that the application to build a new Arts / Languages centre gets approved by the local planners. As Rushcliffe grows it needs space and the centre will be a boost to the community as well as the school.

So we are pleased at the way the sites at the three academies are progressing and, not surprisingly, the investment is improving the educational experience of young people. It isn’t cheap but it is worth it.

Phil Crompton
CEO : Trent Academies Group