An exciting milestone in the multi-million pound building programme taking place at the Bolingbroke Academy was celebrated with a ‘topping out’ ceremony to mark the rapid progress made in the construction of the new academy building. The “topping out” of a building can be traced to the ancient Scandinavian religious practice of placing a tree on the top of a new building to commemorate a significant moment in its construction.
The ceremony held at Bolingbroke was attended by representatives from the builders Balfour Beatty, the academy sponsors The Ormiston Trust, school governors, members of the Student Parliament and the Principal and Vice Principal of the school. The last piece of concrete was poured to mark the occasion and students signed their names on a steel joist which will form part of the building’s structure and remain in situ for the duration of the building’s life.
Head Girl, Kenniann Grainger, said “It was great to be part of the ceremony and to sign our names on the steel knowing it will be there forever. We can’t wait for the building to open in June to use the new fitness suite, library and theatre.”
Mr Moorcroft, Vice Principal of the academy, commented “There has been rapid progress with our new building which will be open for students in June this year and this ceremony was a really enjoyable way to celebrate it. With our growing numbers and Sixth Form College, we are really looking forward to having so much extra room and such fantastic facilities.”
Graham Ford, Project Manager for Balfour Beatty, added “It is a pleasure working alongside the staff and students at Bolingbroke Academy and there is a real ethos of working together. We are all looking forward to handing over a first class new building in June.
The new building will incorporate a brand new dance and drama theatre, fitness suite, hair and beauty salon, learning resource centre, cyber café, digital arts suite, learning street, Sixth Form Centre, debating chamber and crèche. There will also be many new classrooms and the existing building will be completely refurbished to an extremely high standard to ensure a fantastic learning environment for this and future generations.”