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Strood Academy moves one step closer to completion

Date: 26/03/2012           Category: School capital projects

Medway’s first flagship academy building is one step closer to completion following a celebratory ‘ topping out’ ceremony.

Business woman and founder of Pineapple Dance Studios Debbie Moore was the special guest of honour at Strood Academy’s event, held on Friday, 16 March, to mark the completion of external building works at the site on Carnation Road, Strood.

Work on the academy’s new buildings began in February 2011 and is due for completion this summer. The build will be the first of three flagship academy projects in Medway to be complete, with work also underway at the Bishop of Rochester Academy and Brompton Academy.

With an internal area of more than 14,000 square metres, the academy will cater for around 1,300 students and will include six fully equipped science laboratories, a dance studio, drama studio and fitness suite, an all weather pitch for hockey and football, a sixth form centre, library and seminar spaces and dedicated special education needs facilities.

The grounds around the building will also be fully landscaped with a wetland study area, garden area, science courtyard, fitness trails, a wildlife garden and an outside performance area.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Cllr Les Wicks, said: “This is a significant and incredibly exciting time for everyone involved with the academy, particularly those who have watched this building take shape over the past year.

“There is little doubt that, when complete, the new building will provide 21st century teaching facilities that staff, students and the community will benefit from and now we can see for certain what a great building this will be.”

Students at the academy, which specialises in business, enterprise and mathematics, have been working from the same site on Carnation Road, Strood, since September last year.

Since opening in September 2009, following the closure of Chapter School and Temple School, the academy has already seen results for Key Stage 4 pupils nearly double those achieved by the two previous schools.

The academy is sponsored by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) – the lead sponsor – and Medway Council.