Maiden Erlegh head welcomes £1 million refurbishmentBy Jon Nurse
March 05, 2013
A headteacher is welcoming a refurbishment to bring a teaching block firmly into the 21st Century.
The humanities and modern languages departments at Maiden Erlegh School, in Earley, will be internally remodelled this spring.
Work on the two-storey block will upgrade 17 classrooms, seven offices, an ICT suite, staff room and store.
Headteacher Peter Thomas said: “The governors have decided they want to invest more than £1 million to refurbish the block and it’s great news.
“We are delighted we have been able to find the money to do this work, thanks in part to bids made to the Government.”
The academy and its sixth form was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2007, an accolade it matched in 2010.
Work will start in May to remodel 10 classrooms, three offices and a store for the humanities department. A second phase will develop seven modern languages classrooms, an ICT room, four offices and a staff room.
Mr Thomas added: “The staff have been very patient and are looking forward to moving into 21st century accommodation.”
The Silverdale Road secondary school caters for more than 1,800 pupils, with 440 sixth form students.
Revised GCSE results published in January revealed 95 per cent of GCSE pupils at the academy gained five or more at A* to C grades, the third highest figure in the borough.
A new sixth form block, a 22-room teaching block and extended dining hall have been built in the last few years.