The staff, students and governors of The Westgate School joined head teacher Susan Rose last week (Thursday 16 November) for a steel signing ceremony.
The event took place to mark the final stages of the construction of the school’s new extension steelwork, with the steel beams signed by the school’s students, teachers and governors, as well as the new buildings’ architect, Ruth Harness, and representatives from building contractor, Feltham Construction.
The work is part of the council’s ambitious school places programme – a multi-million pound investment in primary and secondary school buildings, extensions and new schools – to provide enough places for Slough’s current and future young people.
The Westgate School expansion will include a two storey extension to the existing science block which will provide a large multi-purpose hall as well as a brand new sixth form centre. A new two storey teaching block, with purpose built Art and Media rooms and general classrooms, is also being constructed. Work within the existing school will bring three new Maths classrooms and the refurbishment of Humanities and Science rooms. Additional car and cycle parking spaces will be provided along with a new footpath and outdoor landscaping work.
When the project is complete, the school will offer an additional two forms of entry, making The Westgate School an eight form entry secondary school providing 1,200 school places for 11-16 year olds and an additional 150 places for post-16 education.
Susan Rose, head teacher at The Westgate School, said: “The steel signing ceremony marked an exciting milestone in the extension of our school and was a great opportunity for everyone to see the fantastic progress that has already been made on site.
“The children and staff were thrilled to get a glimpse of what they can expect next year as they have been watching the development of the new site with great interest and are delighted to be gaining spacious new facilities in which to learn and teach.
“We look forward to seeing the completion of the project next year, which will provide a wonderful learning environment for the students of The Westgate School.”
Councillor Madhuri Bedi, cabinet member for education and children, said: “The work being undertaken at The Westgate School is a key part of the council’s ambitious school places programme.
“There is great demand for additional school places across the borough and we’re working hard to meet that demand.
“The council is committed to helping our young people get the best start of life. We are dedicated to providing high quality learning environments and improved teaching spaces that will be of benefit to all students in Slough.”
Time lapse video footage, capturing three different angles of the building progress can be viewed online at: Camera A: https://youtu.be/2bNphv4-ohY; Camera B: https://youtu.be/z8hO8XX-Md0; Camera C: https://youtu.be/qTkfrooB-0k.