24/05/2012 - St Peters Academy celebrate as first brick is laid
Midlands based Contractor Thomas Vale Construction along with local dignitaries, representatives of the City of Stoke on Trent, staff and pupils of St Peters Academy have celebrated the outstanding progress being made on a new £18.7 million Academy School with a brick laying ceremony.
Lord Mayor Councillor Terry Follows opened the ceremony by delivering an inspirational speech to those in attendance followed by a short prayer by Venerable Godfrey Stone, Archdeacon of Stoke. Finally Mrs Jan Richardson MBE, Chairman of Woodard Academies Trust spoke about the Academy’s aspirations for providing education at the site and laid one of the first facing bricks to mark the momentous occasion.
After the ceremony guests joined the delivery team for refreshments and to view plans of the project. The lucky six pupils who were chosen to attend the ceremony asked guests a series of questions which they would later use to compile a newspaper report when they returned to the classroom.
The new facilities will include a dedicated Year 7 Chapter area, Faith centre for small group worship and personal reflection, flexible learning spaces, assembly, performance and sports hall with seating for up to 1,350 people, cutting edge ICT facilities along with outdoor teaching facilities and gardens.
Thomas Vale Construction have been appointed to transform the current facilities which are located on two separate sites into one dynamic new facility which is being delivered as part of the City of Stoke on Trent’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Programme. Due for completion in September 2013 St Peters is one of the first academies to be built under the BSF programme.
Paul Clarke, Divisional Director at Thomas Vale Construction said: ‘The laying of the first brick is great way to involve future pupils of the new St Peters Academy in the build process. It gives not only the pupils but teachers, staff and local dignitaries a chance to see first hand how the new school is developing. Thomas Vale is extremely excited to be delivering such an exclusive project for the City of Stoke on Trent, one, which will benefit youngsters for many generations to come. In addition it will open up employment and training opportunities to the local individuals and businesses.