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Pupils celebrate official handover of new Forge Wood Primary

The new primary school is part of GLF Schools, a multi academy trust which runs more than 20 schools

Posted by Lucinda Reid | November 27, 2017 | Facilities & buildings

A ribbon cutting ceremony has been held to officially mark the opening of a new school in Crawley which is being hailed as a ‘vibrant hub’ for children in the local community.

Representatives from Persimmon Homes, Mi-space, the HCA and Crawley Borough Council attended the event at the new Forge Wood Primary School to mark its official handing over to West Sussex County Council and multi-academy trust GLF Schools.

Housebuilders Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey started building a new community of 1,900 homes at Forge Wood in 2015. The school has been provided as part of a Section 106 Planning agreement, with Mi-space, part of the Midas Group, appointed to construct the new educational premises in January of this year.

Part of the school opened in September for pupils in Reception and Year 1. Further work was carried out on the remaining classrooms with the school fully up and running after the October half-term. Forge Wood will become an all-through primary school in 2022.

Jo Newton, Executive Headteacher at Forge Wood School, said, “Establishing a new school within a new and growing community provides a unique experience for everyone involved. We aimed to combine both the old and new, respecting the local history and natural environment of the area whilst being ambitious and modern in our vision for a new school. We are all delighted with the result.”

Martyn Clark, Managing Director at Persimmon Homes Thames Valley, added, “We have been responsible for building the new Forge Wood neighbourhood, including Forge Wood Primary School. The new school building will provide a vibrant hub within the development offering state-of-the-art facilities for local children which also makes the most of its surrounding environment.”

“The building is modular in its conception and has been designed by Stride Treglown architects to enable future expansion to accommodate another form. We believe we have created an environment that promotes engagement and learning,” said Martyn.

Forge Wood is one of the latest additions to the growing GLF group, which runs more than 20 schools across Surrey, Sussex, Middlesex, Berkshire and Oxfordshire, based on a collaborative management approach.

For more information, visit the school's website. 

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