£700,000 Investment in the future of OBA
Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy Extends Student Places
Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy in Runcorn is to expand to offer 200 more places to students – reflecting its popularity with parents and young people as an academy of choice.
The academy, sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), has been oversubscribed for three consecutive years and from September will be able take 1,250 students (up from 1,050) after new classrooms and high-quality teaching facilities are built. The project has been approved by the Regional School Commissioner for Lancashire and West Yorkshire, Vicky Beer.
To accommodate the high demand for places at the academy, Ormiston Bolingbroke and Ormiston Academies Trust have invested approximately £700,000 to build and renovate the facilities. As part of the new build, there will be:
- Two new purpose-built science laboratories fit with state-of-the-art equipment
- Three new classrooms for mathematics, geography, history and Spanish lessons
- Regeneration of the IT area at the academy, creating two new classrooms and expanding a third
- A new sixth form study centre, alongside a newly renovated sixth form common room
- General refurbishments across the academy, including the main hall
The building and renovation is due to be completed by the end of October half-term, and will transform the learning environment at the academy for both staff and students.
Principal of Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy, Emlyn Wright, said:
“We are delighted that Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy is so popular. We have now been over-subscribed three years in a row but we want to try to offer a place for every student who wants to come here – so this work will help hugely with that and will also be a real boost to modernising our teaching facilities.
“It is an incredibly exciting time for the academy, and we are delighted to be providing our students with not just a high-quality education, but with modern 21st teaching spaces which will enable our students to continue to thrive and fulfil their full potential.
“We have been busy all year working with architects, engineers, council planners and building contractors so that our work could start this summer, with builders moving on to the site as soon as last term ended. They have worked tirelessly all summer and will be completing the work at the start of this term.
“We are very grateful of the support we have received from the local community, Halton Borough Council, which has backed our application, and our sponsor Ormiston Academies Trust, as we enter this new and exciting chapter.”
Nick Hudson, Chief Executive Officer, Ormiston Academies Trust, commented:
“The popularity and demand for school places at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy reflects the academy’s commitment to raising aspirations and providing learning opportunities which excite, motivate and challenge students. By increasing its intake, the academy will be able to offer a high standard of education to even more young people in the area.
“We are delighted to have supported the academy with these excellent new facilities and look forward to seeing students and staff enjoy the new spaces”.