A special topping out ceremony has been held to mark Wexham School reaching an important construction milestone.
Headteacher Lawrence Smith and cabinet member for education and children, Councillor Shabnum Sadiq, led the topping out ceremony on Friday 18 May to celebrate the completion of the main structure of the school’s new teaching block.
They were joined by the school’s students, teachers and governors, as well as representatives from Slough Borough Council Property Services, Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), and Morgan Sindall Construction to celebrate this major milestone in the school’s expansion.
A short presentation was made in the canteen, followed by a Q&A session before the school group visited the site to lay the remaining pebbles on the roof of their new building.
The work at Wexham School is part of the council’s ambitious school places programme – a multi-million pound investment in primary and secondary school buildings, extensions and new schools – to provide enough places for Slough’s current and future young people.
The Wexham School expansion will include a new 3,000 square metre three storey teaching block that will house 29 new classrooms for English, Humanities and Languages, three of which have dedicated ICT facilities. The new block will also provide staff workrooms, group rooms, a new student reception and welfare facilities, a new library and a sixth form study centre.
The existing library will be converted into two new science laboratories and external landscaped areas will be provided, along with a new staff car park, to complete the site.
Lawrence Smith, headteacher at Wexham School, said: “This marks another major milestone for the school in creating fantastic new facilities for the future and helping us to build on our recent ‘Good’ Ofsted report, which stated the school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.”
Councillor Shabnum Sadiq, cabinet member for education and children, added: “The new building at Wexham School will be an outstanding teaching environment that will benefit both staff and pupils. It will provide first-class facilities to help our young people get the best start in life.
“Our borough is growing fast and we are working hard to meet the demand for additional school places through the council’s ambitious school places programme. We are committed to providing high quality learning environments and improved teaching spaces for both current and future students.”
The Wexham School expansion project is being undertaken by Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), a partnership between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd which is driving regeneration across the town including in leisure, housing, community and school buildings.
Andy Howell, SUR general manager, said: “This is a significant point in the construction of this fantastic new extension and we are delighted to be able to share this key event. It is a striking new addition to the school and we hope the young people excel in their new teaching space!”
James York, area director at Morgan Sindall, added: “Wexham School’s expansion is the latest example of how this pioneering public-private partnership is facilitating the efficient and speedy delivery of modern, future-proof learning environments in Slough for the next generation.
“We have already successfully completed five school regeneration projects in the borough and are thrilled to reach this key milestone at Wexham.”
The Wexham School expansion is due to be opened in phases and completed by December.