£4m funding supports Academy’s major upgrade

Joseph Leckie Academy

Joseph Leckie Academy in Walsall is undergoing Phase 2 of its ambitious upgrade, which is being undertaken by Midlands property and construction company Wakemans.

After an award of nearly £4m from the Education Funding Agency, the Academy has been able to give the go ahead for further work to complete its project. Existing school buildings will be demolished and replaced by a new two storey structure.

Gerard Belfield, the senior QS at Wakemans said: “This latest investment will make a huge difference, enabling the school to offer its students modern, fit-for-purpose facilities for many years to come. The Joseph Leckie Academy continues to evolve and further construction works are planned to enrich the learning environment for students and teachers alike.”

The new building will provide teaching rooms for modern languages, music, business studies, health, social and child care, as well as learning support and special needs education. Sixth form study facilities are also being improved, along with the school’s Information and Communications Technology (ITC) resources.

As well as 14 new classrooms, the second phase of development includes building administrative offices, a new foyer and reception areas, with extensive landscaping to provide social areas with seating multi-use game areas and a running track.

Phase 2 of the project sis scheduled to be finished by March 2019. Phase one involved the construction of a £3.3m teaching block, the Keith Whittlestone Building, which provides accommodation over three floors.