Headteacher 'delighted' with Kings Langley Secondary School rebuild plans

Kings Langley Secondary School headteacher Gary Lewis

Kings Langley Secondary School headteacher Gary Lewis

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A headteacher has expressed his"delight" with the plans to rebuild a Kings Langley school.

Gary Lewis, headteacher at Kings Langley Secondary School, Love Lane, said the new school, which is set to begin construction in February 2015, will provide children with the "facilities they deserve."

He said: "As the headteacher of a 1,100 school, I’m utterly delighted that they are going to get the facilities they deserve. The facilities that we have got at the moment are not fit for purpose. It is remarkable that the children have done so well."

Kings Langley Secondary School will be rebuilt after the Education Funding Agency (EFA) announced that the school would be one of 8 to be rebuilt. The school is expected to be finished in July 2016.

The building work will be carried out by Interserve Kajima and the EFA estimate that the build will cost in the region of £15million. The architects at Interserve Kajima focused on re-positioning the new three-tier school to "maximise the environmental performance of the teaching areas" and get as much natural light into the school as possible.

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Plans for the new school.

Richard Sharp, Lead Architect at Interseve Kajima said: "As a school, it should be about the future.

So it should be a build that is prospective rather than retrospective."

No teaching areas will be demolished during the construction process.

Richard Sharp added: "It is important that we don’t halt the education of the children during the construction process."

Gary Lewis praised the work of the Education Funding Agency in the planning process.

He said: "The EFA have been meticulous about the way they have organised it. I cannot fault them.

"When the intense work was being done, they met with us every two weeks.

We have formed an excellent working relationship with them."

Parents are united in their support of the designs for the Love Lane school.

Chrissy Gomez, 37, who has a daughter in year seven at the school, said: "It is quite dilapidated at the moment. The fact that it’s going to be a modern school will be good not only for the pupils, but for the community as a whole."

Steven Bennett, 48, who used to be a student at the school, said: "It looks fantastic.

"Nothing has changed...I was here from 1977 onwards and it is quite nice to think that it is going to new."

Nicki Bennett, 43, said: "It looks really modern. It looks grown up, like a college. It looks great."

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