New school design for 21st century learning

The artist's impression of the new build of 'The Vale Academy.' EMN-150122-134815001
The artist's impression of the new build of 'The Vale Academy.' EMN-150122-134815001
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With the start of the new term, it has been recognised 2015 is set to be an eventful year at The Vale Academy in Brigg.

Although 2016 is the expected date for the completion of the rebuild of the academy, work is shortly to commence on the access road from Atherton Way and the process of the academy rebuild will follow and take 18 months.

Students are being expected to begin lessons in the new academy in September 2016 at the start of the autumn term.

The cost of the project will be £10 million and the major funding will come from the Education Funding Agency.

The construction company leading the project is Galliford Try and one key feature is access to the new building will be from Atherton Way, rather than Grammar School Road, providing considerable relief to traffic problems on Grammar School Road.

The Academy will continue to function normally in its present buildings throughout the 18 months in which construction of the new school is taking place.

“Last term was exciting as we finalised the design for a new academy,” said Principal Nicola Williams.

“Building will start in the spring and I would like to stress there will be no disruption to normal academy life and routines during the building process.

“We have already ensured that there will be no disruption through additional noise to external examinations in May and June this year.”

The present school first opened in the late 1950s, when it was two separate schools - Glanford Secondary and Westmoor Secondary - each having separate catchment areas.

These two schools combined as Brigg Secondary School in 1972, which later became The Vale of Ancholme School.

But time never stands still and now another era is to begin for the highly successful school.

“We are looking forward to working with the construction company Galliford Try and all our other stakeholders to ensure The Vale Academy has a building which provides for the needs of all students well into the 21st century,” added Mrs Williams.