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Official opening for new Sarum Academy building
THE new £15.5m school building at Sarum Academy was officially opened on Tuesday after a two-year works project.
Pupils returned after the summer holidays for the new building, next to the site of the old school, and the official opening was attended by the Bishop of Salisbury Nicholas Holtam as well as representatives of Wiltshire Council and the Salisbury Diocese.
The new building has 44 interactive classrooms for traditional academic subjects as well as fully equipped vocational workshops for a range of provision all enhanced by a £1m spend on ICT.
Built by SRM and designed by local Wiltshire resident Jane Locksmith from Cube Design, the building aims to interpret the academy’s priority of learning.
Project manager Richard Pearce from Wiltshire Council said: “I am delighted to see the academy alive with activity after four years in the planning.”
Principal Ruth Johnson said: “Everyone is walking round with big smiles on their faces – we can’t quite believe how wonderful it is and what a transformation it has brought to so many areas of our working day. These new facilities can only enhance learning further.”
The new term also sees the academy’s partnership with Salisbury City FC go live. Forty pupils in the Sixth Form are part of the club’s youth programme, with the young players training throughout the summer.
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