WORK has started on a £2.3 million expansion at the over-subscribed Alcester Grammar School, cutting the waiting list for the next five years.
The new Spencer Building, named after one of the founders of the school on its present site, will house five language classrooms, two chemistry labs and two food technology labs and will be finished in June in time for next year’s intake.
In recent years the school has had over 400 students chasing just 90 places in Year 7, but, this expansion enables them to take 150 extra Year 7 pupils over the next five years.
Architect Marcus Lewis from Baily Garner LLP, worked closely with the school, especially the language, chemistry, and food tech faculties, to make sure everyone got what they wanted.
“It’s unusual for schools to get their staff so involved in the design, and Alcester’s pro-active consultation made this a very interesting project indeed,” he said. “We have enjoyed helping them to get the very best out of their building, which will be a pleasure in which to teach and learn.”
The Spencer Building will be constructed of brick and as well as a striking smokey-blue section, it will be fitted with solar panels, improving current carbon emission requirements by ten per cent.
The school’s finance director, Paul Kelly, said: “We wanted something that would complement existing buildings, but have its own identity.”
Alcester Grammar, which has over 1,000 students, half of them in sixth form, was rated outstanding in its last Ofsted inspection and is regularly over-subscribed. A new multi-use sports area has already been built behind the sports hall.
Greswolde Construction has been chosen to build the Spencer Building. Greswolde’s recent education clients include Keele University, Solihull’s Saint Martin’s School and Stourbridge’s King Edward VI College. Greswolde managing director Malcolm Priest said: “We are very used to working on live sites and students are always very interested in what we’re doing. Our teams are very happy to turn that into an educational advantage.
“This is a prestigious project that will deliver a development that will enhance the school’s facilities and environment, and we are happy to be on site.”
The school is revising its green travel policy to minimise disruption to local residents, both during construction and when the new intakes arrive, and the building site may also be used for teaching.
“The team is keen that we use the experience to educate the students. We are looking at ways to make curricular links to their work,” he said.
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