On Friday 10th October The Flying Bull Academy celebrated the Grand Opening of its newly refurbished academy, made possible by an allocation of £3.1 million from the Primary Capital Review. Pupils, parents and staff put forward ideas for the plans, which were brought to reality by architect Andrew Malbon of Portsmouth City Council, working with Feltham Construction.
The school now has brighter teaching spaces, covered courtyards, improved working spaces for the admin team, senior staff and support staff, a newly resourced provision, and spaces for an Art/DT room and a radio station, both of which will be furnished by the end of the Autumn Term.
To mark the completion of the project, friends of the school and former members of staff, as well as those involved in the refurbishment, were invited to see the school in action in the new accommodation and to enjoy afternoon tea.
Speaking to guests at the opening ceremony, Headteacher Mr Deamonn Hewett-Dale thanked those who had contributed to the unique Flying Bull community – originally the first state school in Portsmouth – and who shared his aim of giving their “amazing, bright and quirky” pupils the best educational opportunities possible.
Mr Hewett-Dale said, 'Becoming an academy on 1st April 2014 with the University of Chichester Academy Trust was our best decision yet, consciously made to enable us to access support and training to take the school further on its journey to excellence.'
Staff from the University’s Institute of Education are currently working with academy staff to add expertise in the light of the new Primary Curriculum.
Picture caption: Headteacher Mr Deamonn Hewett-Dale with former staff and volunteer launch organisers Heather Jeram and Jane France