PUPILS and staff at Kenilworth School are celebrating a milestone.
They joined contractors building the new £44million school in Glasshouse Lane for a ‘topping out’ ceremony.
Pupils spoke of their excitement about moving into the new building when it opens in September 2023.
One, who is behind a campaign to create safe cycleways to the new building, supported the green measures being put in place.
She was delighted hundreds of bike racks were being installed to help cut carbon emissions and encourage healthier living.
A tour of the building concluded with Kenilworth School and Sixth Form executive head Hayden Abbott, and chair of Kenilworth Multi Academy Trust (KMAT) trustees Shirley Whiting, signing the final part of the building’s massive steel structure.
Mr Abbott said: “We are united in our commitment and motivation to deliver an outstanding new school which will provide the foundation for excellence in education in years to come. This is a unique opportunity to change the shape of education in Kenilworth and to bring the community together in a way that will multiply benefits to students, staff and residents.
“The opportunity for residents to use these excellent facilities will not only develop a sense of community but will also build on our growing reputation as a world class school.
“We have loved watching the new school sprout from the ground. An immense amount of hard work, dedication and energy has gone into the project over the past couple of years and to see it reach this stage is quite emotional.”
The project will see Kenilworth School and Sixth Form relocated from its two existing sites in Leyes Lane and Rouncil Lane.
It has been designed with numerous eco features, such as a thermally efficient shell, solar PV panels, sustainable drainage systems, smart lighting, high efficiency boilers and air source heat recovery units.
Outside, electric vehicle charging points will be installed, along with more than 500 bike racks, with the potential for 200 more.