New £61m Warwickshire school tops out

Warwickshire County Council’s £61m new school has topped out in Leamington Spa.

The Oakley School project is an all-through facility that includes a 34-place nursery, 420-place primary and 900-place secondary school with SEND provision.

The ceremony was attended by representatives from the council, Mace, Stowe Valley Multi-Academy Trust, Corstorphine + Wright, and contractor Willmott Dixon, which is currently delivering the project.

The new school facilities will be completed in summer 2024, ahead of the new school year in September.

Michelle Cotterill, director at Willmott Dixon said: “The Oakley School is a major investment into the next generation of Warwickshire’s education offering and we are making sure that the legacy of our involvement goes beyond just construction.

“Therefore, we are investing £1.5m through social value activities and focusing on student engagement. This includes delivering careers talks, work experience, traineeships for those not in employment, education or training, and creating local job opportunities”.

The school will also include a number of facilities that will benefit the wider community, such as a stand-alone sports hall, several natural turf pitches and an all-weather pitch.

Cllr Kam Kaur, portfolio holder for education at Warwickshire County Council, said: “The Oakley School is the council’s largest ever financial commitment to a school. It is an amazing response to the educational needs that the area will soon be seeing, providing outstanding opportunities for learning for so many children and young people as well as being a really positive focal point for all of the community”.

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