On 3 November 2021, staff and pupils at E-ACT Merritts Brook Academy officially moved into their brand-new building.
This new build project has been taking place over the last five years, as the academy was allocated over £4.5 million by the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP). The old academy building comprised of two single story buildings and was due for a re-development.
The new building has allowed for a new kitchen to be built, meaning that pupils can have fresh meals prepared on site as well as a breakfast club. Before this, all food had to be transported to the academy, so this will have a huge impact on pupils and staff.
There will also be a new creative classroom, which includes cookers for food technology classes, an artists’ residence and room for design technology and practical lessons. This is in addition to a brand-new library, a hall with ceiling speakers enabling large scale events and assemblies and a lot more grass space. This will again make a huge difference to pupils, as their current playground is made of concrete and pupils have to be taken off site for sports days.
Pupils at the academy have seen the new building being built from start to finish and even got the chance to make their mark on the new building. During a tour of the building site, pupils were able to write their names on the lift shaft before the builders put plaster over it and their names will forever be part of the building’s infrastructure.
Whilst the priority of phase one is to get pupils and staff into the new building, phase two of the project will be the demolition and landscaping of the old building, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of April 2022.
Jo Hall, headteacher at E-ACT Merritts Brook Academy said: “I am so pleased that our new building is now ready to be used and the seamless management of the new build proves how well the operations team and the academy can work together. I’m excited for our pupils to be able to utilise all of the new facilities which will ultimately benefit their overall educational experience.”