Extension will help to cope with baby boom
WORK has begun on a new £22 million Sheffield secondary, one of the last to be built as part of the now axed Building Schools for the Future scheme.
An official turf cutting ceremony was held on the site of Bradfield School at Worrall, with staff members and represenatives of Vinci Construction UK.
The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2013, ready for the new school year in the autumn.
The new split-level school will have two and three storeys covering 8,600 square metres and will be constructed while the existing secondary continues to operate.
Keith Shivers, Vinci’s regional director, said: “Our prime concern on this significant new project will be to ensure that all of our demolition and construction works are co-ordinated with the school to minimise any disruption to pupils and staff.
“We will be bringing all the experience and know-how we have gained, working extensively in the education sector across the UK and in Sheffield, to the Bradfield School project and we aim to deliver a new school facility that enhances learning for all its pupils.”
Assistant headteacher Keith Holmes said: “The existing school was built in 1959 and was designed for less than half the students that are at present on role.
“As a result, temporary accommodation has been used over the years and, whilst the school has been keen to adopt new technologies which aid teaching and learning, these have been added to the existing building rather than built into it as an inherent part of its design.
“The new school will give students and staff the opportunity to shape their learning environment for the future.
“We are all excited at the opportunities for teaching and learning in the new school which will offer such modern teaching facilities.
“It is hoped that the new school will not only blend into the beautiful rural environment in which it sits, but will also provide a wildlife haven for the native species, creating a focal point for naturalists to study and explore.”
The school will have a four court sports hall, fitness studio and a big main hall for use by pupils and community.
Plans have already been announced to make the new school even bigger than first anticipated. It is part of a £5 million programme to create 150 extra places on the site to cope with a growing baby boom in the city.
The extra extension is due to be ready by September 2015.
Bradfield will be one of the final secondaries to be rebuilt as part of Building Schools for the Future, the Labour programme which was axed by the Coalition last summer.
The final batch of nine Sheffield schools were given the go ahead to be rebuilt as the planning process was so far advanced.