29th September 2017
We are delighted to inform you that we have been successful in negotiating a significant funding increase, equating to one third of additional funding for the new permanent building for Braywick Court School.
In response to our letter to from Peter Lauener, Chief Executive of the Education and Skills Funding Agency, the body responsible for funding and building the new school, he made the following points:
- Congratulated the staff and Trust on the recent Outstanding OfSTED report – highlighting the high quality of the education provision delivered by Braywick Court School
- He re-iterated his commitment to delivering the best possible outcome for what will be an ‘exceptional’ building for Braywick Court School
- They remain confident that the school building will be available in advance of the planned opening date in September 2019
- Everyone in the team is fully focused on there being no further delays to the additional temporary and the permanent accommodation
Overall, the letter provides detailed reassurance that the Government are committed to the building programme for Braywick Court School and the full commitment from the highest level, that the project will not slip any further.
We continue to work closely with our colleagues in delivering the building and progress has been made in the following areas:
- Demolition contractor appointed and due to commence in October.
- Bidders day held for the contractors to deliver the temporary accommodation in January, with eight contractors interested in the scheme
- Invitation To Tender (ITT) for the permanent building contractor prepared and cleared to be issued to prospective building contractors.
Temporary Scheme (at Riverside)
Suppliers for the units had a bidders day this week which was well attended, with six companies coming along for a site visit and two others also showing an interest.
A pre-app letter has been received from RBWM and the application can now be submitted with confidence all issues have been covered.
A communications leaflet will soon be distributed in the community and you will see these coming home in book bags over the next week or so.
We are still being advised by the Technical Advisory Team that 3rd January handover is their deadline.
Permanent Scheme (at Hibbert Road)
We are pleased to inform you that the project is progressing well over at Hibbert Road. The contractor carrying out the demolition has been appointed and has been to visit the site and begin preparations.
Demolition and site clearance will take place in mid October with our appointed contractor. The Trust and nominated governors will be meeting the contractors next week and a meeting will be offered to local residents.
We look forward to being able to share photos of this work taking place over the next few weeks.
We are thrilled to be able to announce that the budget for the full scheme is now in place and has increased significantly, meaning that the quality of the building will be ‘exceptional’.
Work also continues to take place towards procuring a contractor for the main building scheme. This is being run alongside the demolition contract to help keep timescales as tight as possible.
A parent has shared with us a copy of a letter they received from Peter Lauener, Chief Executive of the ESFA, to Theresa May, MP. This was in response to concerns raised by parents and shows a commitment from both the ESFA and our Prime Minister to keep the project moving and ensure its success.
Current completion date: January 2018
Current completion date: September 2019
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15th September 2017
Temporary accommodation for 2017/18
Woodford Interiors worked really hard on the playground over the summer. Children are enjoying the newly renovated playground, where the muddy areas have all be replaced with AstroTurf.
Three new canopies are scheduled to be installed this month, giving the children the opportunity to take their learning outside.
Maple class are using the Dinosaur Room as their classroom this term. Here is a photo of the transformation. A big thank you to Miss McFetridge, Mrs Nash and Miss Boycott who spent a huge amount of their summer holiday getting the space ready for the children.
All funding has now been approved and is in place for the temporary classrooms to be placed on the field for Braywick Court School.
The planning application process is underway and this week we have seen some progress as the fencing goes up ready for the foundations to begin to be laid!
A demolition contractor has been appointed and remains on track to be on site by November, with demolition scheduled to take place before Christmas.
As part of this process another archaeological dig has to be undertaken underneath the existing building, so cannot happen until after demolition.
The road for construction vehicles will not be used for demolition so will not need to be in place until the build commences, which should reduce disruption for the Nature Centre and the local residents.
The final date for completion of the build remains at September 2019.