Ground was broken on the new £15m building at Ash Hill Academy today. This much-needed replacement of out-dated secondary school buildings will deliver modern facilities, providing life-long benefits for pupils and staff in a welcoming and secure setting. This is an important project for the school and the local community, and there will be an emphasis on quality and innovation throughout the building programme.
The replacement block will provide new general teaching classrooms, specialist science labs, a performing arts area and a purpose-built student support centre/ reception in addition to new catering and dining facilities. Existing car parking to the east of the site will be relocated and replaced to facilitate the new build, and once the existing building is demolished, the centre of the site will be landscaped to provide a recreation area for the growing student population.
Galliford Try, a national contractor, has been selected by the DfE to deliver the project which is due for completion in 2020.
Principal, John Higgins, commented: ‘The new build is much needed by the Ash Hill community and comes at a time when the academy is witnessing record breaking year-on-year outcomes for students, as well as increasing numbers on roll. Ash Hill Academy is quickly becoming the school of choice in this area of Doncaster.’