Hundreds of families praised the "phenomenal progress" made at Louth Academy's Lower Campus when they visited the school for its first ever Year 6 Open Evening.
More than £600,000 has been spent on the Lower Campus (formerly Cordeaux Academy) over an eight week period to transform its ageing classrooms into state-of-the-art environments. The Lower Campus caters for students in Years 7 and 8.
David Hampson OBE, Chief Executive of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust, told parents, during two introduction talks to packed halls, that the refurbishment programme is on-going and there is much more work to complete at this site.
He spoke of how the Trust had at first had to condemn some classrooms in the school because of unhealthy, damp conditions, but said these had now been totally transformed into "modern, healthy and attractive environments in which to learn."
The Lower Campus now has five new Humanities classrooms, two new IT classrooms, a new playground and marked sports courts, new safety fencing, new windows, doors and roofing, new shower and changing rooms for P.E., a new Academy Hall, completely revamped corridors and a totally new IT system. By the end of October, it will also have a spectacular Fitness Suite similar to those in other TMAT Academies.
"This is a rolling programme of improvements which will continue as finances allow because we are determined that this town will have a state-of-the-art, non-selective Academy that parents can be proud to send their children to," said Mr Hampson.
One visitor to the Open evening was David Manders, Chair of Governors at The Spire Federation, who visited with his grand-daughter Katie (10), who attends Lacey Gardens Primary.
He said: "I am most impressed with the facilities here, they are top notch. I am also pleased to hear that being part of the Tollbar Trust means that the Academy has a bigger pool of experienced staff that it can draw upon."
Year 11 student Sophie Cartwright, who now attends Louth Academy Upper Campus which caters for students in Years 9, 10 and 11, acted as one of the many student ambassadors who showed parents and prospective students around the Lower Campus. She said: "The changes are incredible. It is unrecognisable to me here, in a good way."
Hazel and Dale Brown toured the Academy with their son Caden (10), who attends St Michael's Primary. Hazel said: "I am very impressed with the improvements."
Martin Brown, Executive Principal of Louth Academy, who earlier addressed parents, said: "It is wonderful to see so many parents and children here tonight to see the changes the Trust has made to this Academy. They can see for themselves the incredible amount of work that has gone into improving this environment and we look forward to welcoming many of the children here in Year 7 next year."
David Manders, Chair of Governors at The Spire Federation, visits Louth Academy Open Evening with his grand-daughter Katie (10), who attends Lacey Gardens Primary. They are pictured with TMAT Chief Executive, David Hampson OBE.
Hazel and Dale Brown with son Caden (10), who attends St Michael's Primary, in the Physics Department with Teacher Mr Tom Mumford.
Science Teacher Mr Tom Keningale demonstrates combustion at Louth Academy Open Evening.
Effie Kennedy (10) and Martha Evans (10) both from St Michael's Primary, get to grips with Design Technology at Louth Academy Open Evening, helped by Year 8 student Jonathon Whitfield.