On a momentous and gloriously sunny day, we celebrated the start of construction of our brand-new primary school and secondary special school in Bearsted. A number of the senior executive team from Leigh Academies Trust – Simon Beamish, Neil Willis and Debbie Biggenden – together with representatives of the DfE, the two Principals Designate, Charlotte Barnden and Dee Pickerill, and the Chair of Governors, Marion Charlton, met with Ben Fleming, project manager of the site, and his colleagues from Bowmer and Kirkland.
It was a fantastic opportunity to see the site in all its glory and to gain a better understanding of the layout of the schools and how they will develop prior to opening to pupils in September 2020. The archaeologists’ investigations have been completed and the groundwork for the two schools that will share the site will now begin.
Bearsted Primary Academy
The site itself offers a fantastic learning environment, where children will have the opportunity to explore, be creative and engage fully with the IB Primary Years Programme, making use of the abundance of space and learning opportunities that the grounds provide. The architects and project team have worked tirelessly to ensure that every aspect of the school’s design benefits the children of Bearsted and its neighbouring areas, enhancing their learning experience and making every moment count within the rich environment. This will encompass many facets, from forest school-inspired natural play areas to the interactive and engaging library that will lead out to the amphitheatre, a great place for children to learn outside and connect with their surroundings.
Bearsted Primary Academy’s vision is one of boundless ambition and it will be a place that allows all children an opportunity to shine and reach their full potential in a nurturing, inspiring environment, to embrace the world around them and prepare them for our diverse, ever-changing society. Our goal is to create a school community which is vibrant and pioneering, loving and caring, making our children’s primary-school experience unforgettable and inspirational.
Over the next year, we will see Snowfields rise from the ground to provide an exceptional, state-of-the-art school for 140 young people with autism. It will be a space where talented, committed staff work with exceptional young people and their families to nurture and inspire; a space where students develop a love of learning and feel safe and cared for; and a school that will outlive us all.
We will enjoy watching closely as Snowfields begins to grow, every brick taking us closer to our opening day. We will welcome up to 60 young people in September 2020 at the start of their journey with us, this number eventually growing to 140 young people in Years 7 to 13 in a few years’ time. 23rd July represented the culmination of many years of thoughtful planning and development and we can’t wait to welcome students, families and the local community through our doors in September next year.