Building work starts at Southall school

Published 8 February 2011

A groundbreaking blessing took place yesterday to celebrate the start of construction on a new school building for Dormers Wells High School, Southall.

Dormers Wells new building main entrance

The project is part of Ealing’s reduced Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

Councillor Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council, Councillor Patricia Walker, cabinet member for Children and Young People and Maggy Aylott, headteacher of Dormers Wells High School, joined students, school staff and representatives of construction company Balfour Beatty at the event.

The £30million project will see the old school building replaced with a new state-of-the-art facility. The main features are:

· Extra school places

· Provision of a hearing impaired unit

· New facilities including new business and ICT suites at the front of the school

· Landscaped outdoor spaces with new school allotments

· Sports facilities include two football pitches, a cricket pitch and nets, running track and long-jump

· New furniture and equipment throughout the school

· Significant ICT investment.

Religious leaders from the Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Church of England, Roman Catholic and Pentecostal faiths gave blessings for the project then Councillor Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council broke the turf alongside Ms Aylott and students.

Councillor Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council, said: "I’m delighted for the school and the local community who are set to benefit from this investment. Dormers Wells is already an excellent school and the new building and equipment will help support all of the fantastic work already going on here.

"However, this is also a bitter-sweet day for me, because my thoughts are with the other 15 schools in the borough who have had their promised BSF funding taken away."

Maggy Aylott, headteacher of Dormers Wells High School said: "I would like to thank our local faith representatives for joining us today and helping to make this event so special.

"I am thrilled and relieved to see construction finally start on our new school building. Staff and pupils have worked very hard over the last three and a half years and we are all looking forward to enjoying the modern equipment and facilities that our students and staff deserve."

Councillor Patricia Walker, cabinet member for Children and Young People, said: "I know how much time, effort and emotion has been invested in this project and I am very pleased to be able to share this important day with the school and local community.

"What is especially exciting about this project is that the new Dormers Wells High School building will host Ealing’s first specialist secondary school unit for hearing impaired children, which will be of benefit to students from across the borough."