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£1 million work starts at Grey Court School

£1 million work starts at Grey Court School

Students from Grey Court School in Richmond were today celebrating as work started on the construction of new teaching facilities worth £1 million.

The work is being carried out by Morgan Sindall and will see the construction of a lift to provide disabled access to all floors and a classroom extension to Newman House, a Grade II listed building on the school campus. Work is due to be completed in June and will also include extensions to the existing learning resource centre and the design and technology blocks.

Grey Court pupils could even have a hand in building the new facilities.

Dean Lindeque, senior site manager at Morgan Sindall, said: “We are consulting with the head teacher to find ways of involving the school’s construction students in the work. It is a great opportunity for them to get a feel for how a real building project comes together and will give them a sense of ownership and pride in their school.”

Maggie Bailey, head teacher at Grey Court School, said: “It was heartening to see the enthusiasm of the students when we announced that work was starting. These are important improvements and they will allow us to offer an even better learning experience.”

Nick Whitfield, Director of Education, Children’s and Cultural Services for Richmond upon Thames, added: “I am delighted to announce these improvements at Grey Court and I look forward to unveiling the new facilities for additional educational needs (AEN) and special educational needs (SEN) students in Richmond.”

The work at Grey Court forms part of a four-school contract awarded to Morgan Sindall to improve the provision of AEN and SEN facilities in Richmond upon Thames. These include Grey Court School, Christ’s School, Orleans Park School and Waldegrave School for Girls. Morgan Sindall was appointed to the Improvement and Efficiency South East Framework (IESE) and has been contracted by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Work at all four schools has now commenced.

Photo caption: Students join head teacher, Maggie Bailey and director for education, children’s and cultural services for Richmond upon Thames, Nick Whitfield.