On February 23rd, a group of student representatives, staff and governors met at Steart Farm to mark the beginning of the new school build with a ground-breaking ceremony.
The mood was light-hearted as student leaders’ Mac K and Maddie W jointly sank a spade into the ground and turned over the first sod.
Marie-Claire Overton from Willmott Dixon remarked that it was the most joyful ceremony she’d witnessed on any project.
Richard Bence, Chair of Governors, reflected that, “Five years ago, a group of parents and educators put forward a bold plan to the government – to build a new school that challenged the Victorian model of education that is well past its sell-by-date … We rocked the boat to drive forward change and we encountered strong resistance, but here we are building that new school. We want to thank the students and parents who have kept faith in the Academy throughout this long process.”