Official opening of Thamesview School
The building, which replaces the original 1960's one, boasts state of the art technology and bright, open plan learning spaces. Local dignitaries were on hand for the occasion along with Olympic medallist Anna Hemmings MBE.
The new school is a world away from traditional school buildings of corridors and classroom. The modern and vibrant building has a heartspace at the centre where students come together to work and socialise. Outside the building there is a solar dome much like something out of the Eden Project, sport and leisure facilities, a tiered ampitheatre, ecological pond, and organic garden.
Headteacher Rhiannon Hughes said:
“It has just been amazing. As you walk around the lessons, the students are engaged, the staff are enjoying the use of wide open spaces, different furniture and acoustics.
When you see the product at the end I can say it is well worth the effort and planning. This is a legacy for thousands and thousands of students to have a better education. It is not just about the building, it is about transforming ways of teaching and learning. The building allows those more progressive ways to take place. I am delighted with the outcome.”
Sarah Hohler, KCC Cabinet Member for Education, Learning and Skills, said:
“I had the pleasure of visiting Thamesview on GCSE results day last year and I was really impressed by the new building and all it offers. The attention to detail is first class and it was evident that the ideas of teachers, students and governors had gone in to making the most of this unique opportunity.
"I am sure students are taking advantage of the outstanding facilities on offer and I hope the school itself rightly fulfils its place at the heart of the community.”
The school was built under the previous government’s Building Schools for the Future programme.