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Groundbreaking Times for Sarum Academy

by Michael Ford last modified 29 Aug, 2014 02:50 PM

Pupils cut the turf at a ground-breaking ceremony at Sarum Academy, Salisbury today (Tuesday 15 May).

Groundbreaking Times for Sarum Academy

Sarum Academy pupils cut the turf, helped by Chair of Governors Ed Probert, as Principal Ruth Johnson looks on

Principal Ruth Johnson, members of staff and representatives from the Diocese of Salisbury, Wiltshire Council and the media watched and applauded as Chair of Governors Ed Probert helped pupils to dig a spade into the ground to mark the occasion.

Mrs Johnson said, “This is an historic moment for this community. There has been a school on this site for generations and we are honoured to be able to mark the start of a new era which will bring an iconic, landmark building to new generations of children and their families.”

She added, “Sarum Academy has, since opening, begun to bring about transformational change, with over 42% of our Year 11 pupils entering their examination period already having achieved 5+ A* to C grades and Ofsted telling us that our pupils feel safe in this environment."

Diocesan Director of Education Chris Shepperd said, “It’s a proud day for Sarum Academy and a proud day for Salisbury. These new facilities will provide the best possible start for pupils and be a real asset to the area.”

The build is due to be completed for the start of term in September 2013. Contractors McAlpine will remain on site until January 2014 to safely demolish the old buildings and complete the landscaping.

The existing sports hall will be wrapped with new facilities and the existing reception building will be fully refurbished to provide accommodation as a new sixth form centre.

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Links
Sarum Academy
Diocesan Board of Education 

Notes
The Academy is sponsored by the Diocese of Salisbury, Bryanston School, Bath Spa University and Wiltshire Council, who are also project managing the build. The funding grant came from the Education Funding Agency.

Further information contact
Michael Ford, Communications Co-ordinator
01722 438651, 07500 836989, michael.ford@salisbury.anglican.org

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