South Shore Academy – Priority Schools Building Programme
Update August 2016
During the summer term work on our new building continued at a fast pace as the contractors took advantage of the (mainly) good weather. The most progress has been made with the main school building as the steel framework is now in place, together with the roof and all three floors. Concrete staircases allow access to the first and second floors, with scaffolding to the roof. The contractors are now laying the bricks for the external walls and installing the drainage system and other groundwork required for the utilities. Work on the adjacent sports hall is also gathering pace. Foundations are complete and the steel framework is being erected. What has been seen as drawings on paper for many years is now coming to life as the school vision is becoming a reality.
Since meeting with Gill Roberts, Morgan Sindall Education Support Officer, in April we have organised a number of events, the most successful of which was the Turf Cutting ceremony held on Friday 17 June 2016. Pupils and staff from South Shore Academy were joined by pupils and staff from other local primary schools including Marton Primary Academy and Waterloo Primary School. Other attendees included officials from the Education Funding Agency, the Department for Education, Blackpool Council and Morgan Sindall. Also amongst the invited guests were several members of staff who had attended South Shore Academy (previously Palatine High School) as pupils. The turf was cut by Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski, CEO of Bright Futures Educational Trust alongside Ms Jane Bailey Principal of South Shore Academy.
In July a group of our Year 10 pupils visited Leach Structural Steel Works Ltd in Garstang to observe the fabrication of the steel girders for our sports hall. Their visit included a presentation illustrating the origins of the company (which started life as a farm) and the processes the steel is subject to before it is ready for delivery to site. At the end of the visit they were presented with a plaque engraved with the school motto: “Creating opportunities, inspiring success”. There will be a further opportunity on site for pupils to sign the steel before it is hidden within the walls of the finished sports hall building.
It is intended that all pupils who will be taught in the new building have the opportunity to visit the building site so that they have a flavour of what is happening around them and the processes involved in creating a new school. Currently a small group of pupils from Years 7, 8 and 9 dress up in the appropriate personal protective clothing (PPE) and visit the site each Thursday morning. They are joined by school staff including Mr Chambers who is keeping a pictorial record of the weekly progress of the build. Two groups of Marton Primary Academy pupils have also had an escorted visit of the site.
The next event will focus on South Shore Academy staff who will have the opportunity to visit the site on Friday 02/09/16, as a “welcome back” after the summer break.