Groundbreaking ceremony for Leigh Academy Blackheath

At the end of their inaugural year, Leigh Academy Blackheath celebrated the official start of construction work on their permanent building at Old Dover Road, Blackheath, SE3 8SY. Principal Emma Smith was joined by Simon Beamish and Tracey Trusler from Leigh Academies Trust, Chair of Governors Tim Snowball and senior representatives from Bouygues and Jacobs.

Nicolas Garchet, Project Manager, and Pascal Lux, Operations Director for Bouygues, joined Simon Beamish and Emma Smith to share their passion, drive and ambition for both the academy and its brand-new building. Close collaboration between Leigh Academies Trust, Bouygues and their architects has meant that the design truly reflects the academy’s vision and the Trust’s small-school model.

Leigh Academy Blackheath opened in September 2018 and will move to new temporary accommodation on Old Dover Road close to the permanent site, ahead of the start of the new term in September 2019. Heavily oversubscribed, the secondary academy is already a very popular choice for the local community, receiving over 700 applications for 180 places this September. The next round of applications will begin in September 2019 and successful applicants will start their journey at the academy in its brand-new building, set to open in September 2020.

The entire academy community is delighted to be moving to the new temporary site on Old Dover Road next year so that they can watch the permanent building rise from the ground over the next 12 months. Students are keen to make regular visits to the site to monitor progress and are looking forward to finding out all about the building process from the team at Bouygues.
Leigh Academy Blackheath – A place where tradition meets innovation and potential is realised within a nurturing community.

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