School build plans are top of the class

Artist's impression of Longdean School's 'inspirational' future site
Artist's impression of Longdean School's 'inspirational' future site

Two Dacorum schools are looking forward to seeing their sites redeveloped as part of a government scheme to improve the education establishments most in need of urgent repair.

Longdean and Kings Langley schools were among 261 across the country to have been successful in their application for a slice of funding worth £2billion, under the national Priority School Building Programme.

Longdean School headteacher Graham Cunningham

Longdean School headteacher Graham Cunningham

A formal planning application for the new design of Hemel Hempstead’s Longdean has been officially submitted to Dacorum Borough Council.

The school’s exciting news comes alongside the announcement its Co-operative Learning Trust has been officially adopted alongside Astley Cooper and Adeyfield schools in the town.

Longdean headteacher Graham Cunningham said: “We are one of the first seven schools in the country to be rebuilt under this programme.

“The students at this school deserve a world class environment in which to learn.

“We have tailor-made a building that reflects what we want from the students in terms of academic achievement, but also in terms of social and emotional development.

“I want them to leave here with control and choice over their future. Our new build can reinforce and support this – we can tailor the layout to match our curriculum and it will be truly inspirational.”

Mr Cunningham explained there may be opportunities within the school’s new landscape to offer vocational learning including horticulture, trades and vehicle work.

Plans to redevelop Kings Langley School under the same scheme are also progressing well, with applications already submitted earlier in the year and work remaining on target for the delivery of the new school in 2016.

The Education Funding Agency appointed Interserve Kajima to construct the new schools after a bidding process. With the contract worth an estimated £100m for all seven schools across Herts, Luton and Reading, the firm will be responsible for the design and construction of the school buildings as well as the provision of maintenance and lifecycle services over a 25-year period.