Green light for £14m rebuild to create ‘exciting and vibrant’ school

PUBLISHED: 14:00 31 August 2012

The Hans Price Academy of the future.

The Hans Price Academy of the future.

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A WESTON school will be demolished and rebuilt in a £14.1million project to create ‘a 21st century environment for 21st century learning’.

Hans Price Academy will see most of its current buildings levelled to make way for an ‘exciting and vibrant’ new campus.

The plans were first mooted two years ago, ahead of the then-Wyvern Community School’s academy conversion under the auspices of the Cabot Learning Federation.

Those plans were put on hold when the change of Government in 2010 meant planned funding was postponed.

However, the school this week received confirmation that the Government will now stump up the cash, and work could get underway early next year.

This is a second piece of good news for the school in 24 hours, after it also revealed huge improvements in its GCSE results, with a 21 per cent hike in the number of students achieving key grades.

Principal Armando Di Finizio said: “We are delighted with the appointment of Willmott Dixon as construction partners for our new academy building.

“They have developed an excellent design to meet out requirements for 21st century learning.

“The proposed design provides a rich variety of educational settings that will meet the needs of generations of students in Weston for many years to come.

“Work will start on site, subject to planning, early in 2013 with completion planned for September 2014.

“There will be detailed consultation with our community and all partners in the next six weeks; details will be published soon.

“This is an exciting time for the academy and for Weston.”

John Boughton, director of operations for Willmott Dixon Construction, said: “We are excited to have been selected as preferred bidder for the Hans Price Academy (HPA).

“From working with the HPA team during the ITT process to deliver their vision, this is going to be a truly exceptional academy once the works are completed, with a 21st century environment for 21st century learning.”

A public consultation event, outlining proposals for the new school design, will be staged at the Marchfields Way school from 5-8pm next Thursday (September 6).

Members of the project team will be on hand to answer questions from students’ parents and interested parties.


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