A public consultation has been launched by Hartshill School in Nuneaton following news that it has secured government funding for a complete rebuild on its current site. Hartshill School, part of the Midland Academies Trust (MAT), is set to benefit from brand new state of the art facilities with work due to start by the end of this year. The redevelopment project will deliver a transformative facility that is fit for 21st century teaching and will be carbon neutral by design. Members of the local community can comment on the plans via the school website until Wednesday 21 April 2021.
For several years, the MAT worked with its sponsor, North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC) and others, including MP for Nuneaton, Marcus Jones, to highlight the urgent need for new facilities at Hartshill School, calling on the Department for Education to prioritise its inclusion in the first round of funding from the Government’s transformative school rebuilding programme which was announced last summer.
Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Chief Executive of the Midland Academies Trust said, “We are delighted that Hartshill School has been selected to benefit from investment by the Department for Education to deliver a transformative education experience for pupils that is fit for 21st century teaching and provides a secure and welcoming environment enabling them to reach their potential. The new school building will be net zero carbon in operation supporting the Trust’s environmental sustainability objectives.
“The project has gained support following the hard work and commitment of the Midland Academies Trust and its sponsor, NWSLC with the support of councillors from Warwickshire County Council and Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council as well as our MP.
“Hartshill School has a long tradition of educating pupils and enabling them to develop and create successful futures. We welcome the opportunities the new campus will bring to adapt to new styles of learning and provide better resources for future generations, as well as creating a hub for the local community and a beacon for raising aspirations across the local area.”
The new school will be based in a single building developed adjacent to the existing premises at Church Road. The aim is to provide a welcoming and secure environment with open spaces and wide corridors that encourages pupils to engage fully in their learning. Sustainability will be at the heart of the new school’s design with facilities making as much use as possible of natural light, with efficient use of power helping to deliver fully carbon neutral credentials.
Dr Louise Newman, Principal of Hartshill School said, “Securing this investment is fantastic news for Hartshill School and the local community, and we look forward to hearing to everyone’s views before taking our next steps. It is our intention that school life will continue uninterrupted on the same site during redevelopment and that the school will move into its new building when it has been completed.”