Quick progress with £16m school rebuild

Julie Slater, Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies and Dave Price of Wates Construction are joined by pupils at Outwood Academy.
Julie Slater, Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies and Dave Price of Wates Construction are joined by pupils at Outwood Academy.

A SPECIAL topping out ceremony has marked the latest stage in the £16 million rebuild of a Doncaster secondary school.

Just seven months after building work began, staff and pupils at the Outwood Academy Adwick have come together for a tree planting ceremony.

The ceremony saw Wates Construction present the school in Woodlands with a yew tree - a pagan ritual traditionally held when the uppermost point of a building is put into place, historically given to appease tree-dwelling spirits.

The new school will feature improved teaching spaces, a dance and drama studio, and a personalised learning centre to provide specialist learning for children.

State-of-the-art sports facilities will also include a new synthetic turf pitch and a multi-use games area.

Completion is scheduled for the spring next year, and will it is promised the work will deliver an academy with a capacity to create a learning environment for 1,350 children from ages 11 to 18.

Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies said: “It is wonderful to see tremendous progress being made. The new school is going to provide the staff and young people with a superb learning environment and it will be a tremendous asset for the local community.”

Academy executive principal Julie Slater said: “The new academy building is really taking shape. The students and staff are all very excited about the new facilities that will be in place. The topping out ceremony marks another milestone and we are very much looking forward to completion.”

Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College will also be rebuilt through the Priority School Building Programme.