Following best ever GCSE results this summer, staff and students of King’s Lynn Academy returned to school this September to find that their buildings have been transformed. Mr Robert Ogden, Vice Principal who has overseen the project for the Academy said that the new Academy was “an outstanding design which totally interpreted our educational vision and created a modern environment which is flexible, purposeful, dynamic and fully supportive of 21st century teaching and learning. It incorporates state of the art technical and general classrooms, dining and social facilities whilst also creating a welcoming yet iconic building. Simply brilliant.”
The £10.5m building development and refurbishment has been undertaken by Balfour Beatty as the main contractors and the design team was led by Studio E of London, who are previous winners of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The classroom layouts were designed by Honeycomb Architects of Ely. Over 1000 people have worked on the site during the rebuilding process and almost 40% of the workers employed have been from the local area.
The building in Queen Mary Road is designed for both educational and community use and has 138 parking spaces and provision for over 150 bicycles in fully lockable shelters. The whole site is in the process of being fully landscaped with a range of trees, flowering shrubs and plants to enhance and support the habitat of birds, insects and wildlife in the area.
King’s Lynn Academy has specialisms in Mathematics and Business and Enterprise which are vital components for the successful transition of its students as they prepare for their future careers. Almost £1m has been invested in new state of the art ICT equipment and infrastructure to support students’ learning now and into the future.
Principal of Kings Lynn Academy, Craig Morrison said "There is no doubt that the future looks bright for the Academy and these new buildings point the way forward to an exciting new chapter, with the personal best of every student our absolute priority."