New science classrooms for pupils

Mon 16 December 2019, 8:34 am

Students at one of east Londonís fastest growing schools have enjoyed their first term in 11 brand-new science classrooms.

The newly-built laboratories were among 18 classrooms which came into use in September at Greatfields School, in a £55.8m major regeneration project between developers Mid-Group and Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration arm.

The opening was marked with a tour by headteacher Richard Paul, Andrew Shepherd from Mid-Group, James Hodgson of Barking and Dagenham Council Schools Project Sponsor and Richard Rollison of Be First - led by Councillor Evelyn Carpenter, the council's cabinet member for educational attainment and school improvement.

Paul said the completion of the second phase of the school build has given student “access to state-of-the-art science labs which means they will be able to carry out a wide range of experiments which they were not previously able to." He added: "It is also great timing just as our Year ten students are embarking upon their GCSE course.”

Cllr Carpenter added: “Greatfields has got fantastic teachers, great new facilities and enthusiastic pupils. So, it’s not rocket science to see why Greatfields is great! We are proud to say nine out of 10 of our borough’s schools are rated good to excellent.”

Once work by Barking-based Mid-Group is completed on the rebuild, the site will feature an all-through education campus for a total of 2,400 primary, secondary and sixth form students.

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