New Build – Brought Forward!
Our new school building
The great news is that the discovery of RAAC has brought forward the new build for St Leonard’s!
Current Year 6: If you are currently in Year 6 you will arrive at St Leonard’s in September 2024 in state of the art temporary classrooms that have all the usual specialist equipment of any secondary school. By this stage we will be up to Phase 3 shown below. It is our hope that by the end of Year 8 you will be settled into our brand new building!
Current Year 5: If you are currently in Year 5 when you arrive at St Leonard’s in September 2025 you will start the year in the state of the art temporary classrooms. It is our hope that by the end of Year 7 you will be settled into our brand new building!
BAM: have been appointed to construct the new school building, which will be on the current site, with demolition of the old building to take place in early 2024 and construction to start from autumn 2024. BAM have secured over 100 projects for the Department for Education and you can see their work in the link below.
This is an exciting time for St Leonard’s and the bespoke state of the art facilities of the new school, will match the ambition and aspiration of our students.
Year 7&8 moved in on Monday 19th February – and have a fabulous new home! These are state of the art classrooms and dining space / social space. A kitchen will open very soon. When Phase 2 starts, see below, the range of specialist rooms available will increase as well.
After February half-term units will be delivered to the temporary site that will allow for teaching of Food Technology and Science. There will also be 8 further classrooms brought into use and more office space as well. These units will be fitted out and made available for teaching by Easter 2024. We will also have further temporary units delivered that will allow for other specialist teaching brought into use shortly after this.
After Easter units will be delivered to the temporary site that will allow for teaching of all other specialist subjects, e.g. engineering, music, more science space and sports.
Watch this fly through video of our new school building!
These design images give an impression of how the new building will look. In particular the combination of the historic Victorian house with modern state of the art buildings is more than impressive. Equally, the connection between inside spaces and outside spaces really draws out the historic nature of the site and the beauty of the views to the south of the school site.
Top Left: The view of the entrance to the new building from just outside Springwell Hall.
Top Right: The view looking back into the school with the dining room directly ahead and the two wings of the school on either side.
Middle Left: The generously sized dining room, with views opening to the south and the outside area where pupils can gather.
Middle Right: The view of the school from the current road entrance of Fieldhouse Lane.
Bottom Left: The view from North Road.
Bottom Right: The entrance to the new building as seen from outside Springwell Hall.
Bottom Right: The view of the entrance to the new building from just outside Springwell Hall.
The view from North Road will show the historic Springwell Hall as it was originally designed to be seen.
View from North Road: The images above start to visualise the look of the new site. The first image is looking into the site by the gatehouse on North Road. The design opens up a clear view of Springwell Hall from North Road, with no buildings in front of the historic house. You can also see the current Martyrs’ Building that Sixth Formers currently use. The gap between the two buildings would then become the walkway to the new school building and as you walk down this path a view of new building opens ahead of you. You can see from the first image how the historic nature of the site is restored from the gatehouse entrance, which is in keeping with the other heritage aspects of North Road.
View from the south end of the school site: The second image is looking back into the school from the edge of the yard just where the grass starts to rise. You can see the current Sixth Form Block on the right and the new three-storied building on the left. As you can see the school yard remains in the same space, and this will become dedicated sports areas for PE lessons as well as lunchtime and after school sport. Again, you can see that this design leaves the beautiful tress that edge our site in position, and the view looking out of the school to the south, with the obelisk framed by the trees remains.
Weekly Meetings: We are currently having weekly meetings with BAM Construction, their design team, Ryder Architecture and the Department for Education and the design of the new building is progressing well. The school is having a significant input into the design of internal and external spaces. We know we have a once in the lifetime opportunity to build a school that the community of St Leonard’s deserves and the team we are working with share this aspiration.
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