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Meopham School New Build Update


Meopham School New Build Update

Meopham School’s new build is now heading towards its conclusion as work continues to prepare the building for opening in February 2018. The structural work on the new building is almost complete, with work teams now focusing on the internal fittings that must be completed before staff and students can move in.

Excitement is now growing in the school community as staff and students begin to prepare for the move. Boxes and removal equipment will begin to arrive in January to allow for a smooth transition in the weeks to follow.

With Meopham Library also moving to new premises in November 2017, by next Spring the old buildings should be completely vacated and will be systemically knocked down. The land will then be landscaped for the school’s use.

The new building was made possible by the Education Funding Agency’s initiative, the Priority School’s Building Programme.

The new design, built by KIER, is going to offer the school traditional teaching spaces in a single building. This will increase green space, allow for quieter classrooms, a new library and a larger sports hall and fitness suite available for community use.

The local community has been extremely positive about the project.  The village of Meopham is located within an area of outstanding natural beauty.   The new building has been designed to be sheltered by the landscape around it, providing extended views of the countryside beyond.  The school itself will be shielded from road noise by a physical barrier created from the ground works.

Staff have already been able to visit the site and explore their new classrooms. The new school will also feature some new furniture and ICT resources to ensure that students are learning in a fresh and modern environment. The Oracy Zone and Study Support areas will also have new, open plan spaces in the new building.

The new school will open on 26th February 2018.