Building work begins on the new school for Stanley Park
Building work has now started on the new school for Stanley Park High. The first spade was put in the ground by some of the pupils who are set to benefit from the new state-of-the-art facilities.
Cllr Kirsty Jerome, Executive Member for Education and Schools, said: "This is a real landmark moment. The new building is going to make a real difference to Sutton young people for generations to come.
"The contemporary design will enable a whole new way of working to compliment the high standard of education delivered by the teaching staff at Stanley Park High.
"The current school building has reached its capacity and the extra places provided at the new site will be essential as the rising birth rate will eventually affect secondary schools as the children transfer from primary.
The new energy efficient building in Orchard Hill, Carshalton, will give Sutton children a world-class school with exceptional teaching facilities, increase places by 350 and provide a further 91 places for children with autistic spectrum disorders.
David Taylor, Headteacher at Stanley Park High School, said: "We are obviously delighted that work on the new school has now started. The new building will provide students with a unique opportunity to experience innovative approaches to learning in classrooms and other learning spaces that have been specifically designed for that purpose. We would like to thank all those that have worked so hard to achieve this outcome."
The Council's Executive agreed last week (7 June) that construction work could begin to enable the new school to open in January 2012.
The Executive has also agreed to a new Compulsory Purchase Order which would enable an access road for the school to be built on the land belonging to the Benhill Gospel Trust. This road would serve the new school and the gospel hall and care home.
Last updated: Thursday, 08 July 2010