A new school building for Whitehaven Academy has moved a step closer as the works contract has officially been signed off by the Department for Education. Subsequently, the works on site have now started.
The first works to be done will be the demolition of two unused buildings (old maths block and Overend block).
In order to ensure the site is safe, the car park opposite reception will be closed from tomorrow onwards. Staff and visitors are asked to use the car park behind the Sports Hall. The entrance into the site will remain via the current one-way system.
Nigel Youngman, Headteacher said: "Naturally, the revised plans are working in line with Covid-19 Risk Assessment requirements from the Department of Health and Build UK. The main school site and the building site are entirely segregated. Students and staff will not be in contact with the workings of the site."
"The initial phase of the building is due for completion in Spring 2022, when we will then move into the new building. The subsequent knocking down of the existing buildings and completion of the revised landscaping is then due for completion in Autumn 2022."
"I am sure that, like the rest of the school community, you will be delighted to hear that work on the site can now take place. The young people of Whitehaven deserve a brilliant space in which to learn and I would like to once again thank all those members of the Trust, school and wider community who have worked tirelessly to make this happen. I look forward to 2022 and welcoming you to the opening."
Nigel Youngman, Headteacher