Pupils at Hartshill Academy will be able to visualise their new school building more clearly when they return from the summer break as the internal steel structure is installed on site. Aerial footage shows the building taking shape at its Church Road home as work continues to deliver a new state-of-the-art facility for the local community.

Last month, pupils took part in a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the official start of construction works. The new school building, which is being constructed by Wates Construction is expected to be ready for occupation in September 2023.

Hartshill Academy, part of the Midland Academies Trust, is one of the first schools to benefit from the Government’s national School Rebuilding Programme. The redevelopment project will deliver a brand-new facility that is fit for 21st century teaching with a target to be net zero carbon in operation.

Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Chief Executive of the Midland Academies Trust said, “We are delighted to see such visible progress on the construction of the new school building. It is fantastic to see our vision for a transformative education experience for Hartshill Academy pupils starting to take shape.

“Hartshill Academy has a long tradition of educating pupils and enabling them to develop and create successful futures. We welcome the opportunities that the new campus will bring to adapt to contemporary learning styles and provide better resources for future generations, as well as creating a hub for the local community and a beacon for raising aspirations across the local area. The new building will provide a secure and welcoming environment for pupils, enabling them to reach their potential.”

“The school has been designed to provide a welcoming and secure environment with open spaces and wide corridors that encourages pupils to engage fully in their learning. Sustainability is at the heart of the new school’s design with facilities making as much use as possible of natural light, with efficient use of power to save on operating costs and to help reduce carbon emissions.

“It is our intention that school life will continue uninterrupted on the same site during redevelopment and that the school will move into its new building in September 2023. We are working closely with our neighbours and with Wates to minimise any disruption to the local community during the construction process.”