WORK has officially begun on the building of a brand-new teaching block at a Rochford high school, as part of the Department for Education School Rebuilding Programme.
A Ground Breaking Ceremony at King Edmund School (KES) marked the beginning of works set to be ready in 2025, and which will see the school benefit from 30 new classrooms.
There was significant disruption in the commencement of the work owing to the discovery of asbestos in a pile of rubble at the school, which led pupils to be taught off-site between November and January.
Now underway, the building will include design and technology workshops, food technology rooms, art rooms, general classrooms, an activity studio, a new school hall and dining room, and offices.
In addition, each teaching space will benefit from state-of-the-art ICT equipment and the new block is designed to be Net Zero Carbon in Operation (NZCiO).
Billy, one of the Head Students, said: “Having a new school building for future students to use is very exciting.
“They will benefit from advanced technology in the classrooms and better facilities. I’m sure that the students that will be joining KES next year will be really happy to study in a modern and eco-friendly building.”
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