Signing up for new school site

Vale students Rio Rawlins (left) and Megan Porteous (right) at the Steel Signing Ceremony with Principal of The Vale Academy Nicola Williams (centre) and Project Director for Priority Schools Building Programme  Paul Clegg (right). EMN-150915-110907001
Vale students Rio Rawlins (left) and Megan Porteous (right) at the Steel Signing Ceremony with Principal of The Vale Academy Nicola Williams (centre) and Project Director for Priority Schools Building Programme Paul Clegg (right). EMN-150915-110907001
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A steel signing ceremony marked the next phase of a Brigg academy’s rebuild.

The Vale Academy hosted the event on its playing field where its new building is starting to take shape.

The groundworks have been completed and the steel that will form the frame of the new school is being slotted together like a giant 
Meccano set.

Twelve representatives, including students and guests, signed one of the huge girders that will form part of the new sports hall roof, with the signatures visible.

Guests from the Education Funding Agency, sponsor School Partnership Trust Academies, contractors Galliford Try and North Lincolnshire Council were welcomed to The Vale by Principal Nicola Williams.

“This is a historic day for the school and the community,” she said.

She thanked the various partners for their support.

“It is my first steel signing ceremony. It’s terrific that the signatures will be preserved for posterity and be visible to users of the new sports hall.

“It’s starting to look like a new building after all the groundworks have been completed. It is an exciting time to be a part of The Vale Academy.”

Operations director at Galliford Try, Jon Marston, said the project was “flying along” and would be complete during the 2016/17 academic year.

“So far it might not look like a lot has happened,” he said. “However, that can be deceptive.

“To date, we have put in 6.5km of piling; 2.5km of drainage; 80 tonnes of steel; and 2,500sqm of surface material, the size of a football pitch.

“Relationships on site with the academy are fantastic.

“The success of any job is about working together. We have that here.”

Chief Executive Officer at SPTA Sir Paul Edwards was impressed with the progress.

“The Vale has always been a great school,” he said.

“The new building will inspire those here to even greater heights.

“I can see only a very bright future for the students, staff and wider community and, at last, the staff and children’s work will be rewarded with a building they deserve.”

Chair of governors at The Vale, Steve Hodsman, thanked the EFA for its funding and design of the new building and North Lincolnshire Council which provided a new access road off Atherton Way.

“There are wonderful new facilities being encompassed into the new building and I’m looking forward to it opening,” he added.

It was also a special day for members of the Student Leadership Team who took their turn to sign the steel.

Year 11 student Megan Porteous (pictured) was the first student to sign.

“I feel really honoured to be signing,it really is an exciting time for the school,” she said.

Lower sixth former Robbie Hall (16), of Hibaldstow, as a member of the Student Leadership Team, has been involved with the building from the outset.

“It’s very exciting and the new building is a great opportunity,” he said.

“It’s an honour to sign the steel and be part of it.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the building completed.”