Academy building on time for opening

Kettering Science Academy progress pictures: Principal Martin Campbell. In the hall.'19/01/12
Kettering Science Academy progress pictures: Principal Martin Campbell. In the hall.'19/01/12

Work to open a new £26m teaching block at a Kettering academy in time for the start of the next school year is on course.

Kettering Science Academy’s new building is being constructed alongside the existing school in Deeble Road and will house secondary education.

Principal Martin Campbell invited the Evening Telegraph for a sneak preview and said the new building would help revolutionise education.

He said: “This won’t be your typical school building with your typical classrooms.

“What we will have here is a modern building incorporating many new ideas which we think will improve learning for pupils. Everything is being designed with thought in mind.”

Among the new features are classrooms for up to 25 pupils with windows instead of walls and no teacher’s desk.

There will be no staff room with teachers expected to share the canteen with pupils.

Even the toilets will be different.

With anti-bullying policies in mind, the toilets, instead of being in their own block, will face directly on to corridors offering nowhere to hide.

Mr Campbell said: “Many of the ideas are already being seen in action at Brooke Weston Academy’s school in Corby, and they work.

“The idea you can walk around the new building and see into classrooms enhances the idea of learning to pupils.

“Having no teacher’s desks encourages teachers to narrow the divide between teacher and pupil and engage with people in their work.”

Built on two levels, the building’s main feature is a 450-seat theatre which will be used for assemblies, pupils and by the community.

The centrepiece is a 28-metre diameter central courtyard which will provide pupils with a place to showcase their work.

There will also be five departments of nine classrooms, including two areas called super labs which will specialise in science.

New technology will also be put in place so the children can swipe themselves in and out using cards.