We welcomed the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP to our site at Ealing Fields High School, London today (June 29).
He toured the facilities and met Project Manager Keith McGinness and the rest of our team as he discussed how we had adapted during lockdown. He also used his visit to announce £1 billion for a further 50 major school projects in England.
The school is being funded by the Department for Education’s Free Schools Capital Team and built for the Twyford CofE Academies Trust.
After meeting Dame Alice Hudson, Executive Headteacher and other representatives of Twyford CofE Academies Trust, the Prime Minister was given a tour of the new school by Year 10 pupils, who are looking forward to September 2020 when they will move into the new school building after spending four years in temporary accommodation.
The Prime Minister visited the restored historic building at the centre of the site then toured the new teaching block – including the café and science laboratories – and saw how well the old and new parts of the school have been designed to complement one another as well as the excellent facilities the school is able to provide for Ealing Fields students.
Mark Bedford, Associate Headteacher said “it was a privilege for Ealing Fields to have this opportunity to showcase the new and impressive school facilities in the final stages of the building project. Our school aims to grow courageous, compassionate leaders of the future and so to start our journey on the new site with a visit from the Prime Minister was a powerful endorsement.”
Dame Alice Hudson, Executive Headteacher added “We are hugely grateful to the team at Bowmer + Kirkland for keeping the Ealing Fields project moving forward throughout lockdown. Many of them have made significant sacrifices to make that happen. The period of school closure has tested the creativity of teachers and the resilience of students. Whilst I am very proud of the way they have worked together and maintained standards, we are all looking forward to establishing the school in its elegant new building in September in readiness for the new term.”