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Transforming The Hathaway Academy

Challenge

With buildings dating back to the 1930s, The Hathaway Academy was feeling its age when it joined The Trust in July 2013. A legacy of issues and lack of investment meant there were significant estate and infrastructure problems to tackle in order to create the high quality learning environment our pupils deserve.

Strategy

Working with academy staff, The Trust created a responsive and effective improvement strategy that incorporated a number of solutions and funding sources. We were then able to secure more than £600,000 through successful government capital maintenance funding bids and interest-free public sector loans. This funded significant improvement works, including:

  • CCTV installation, new fencing/gates and relocation of the reception area – tackling safeguarding problems
  • Removing asbestos from all three of the academy’s teaching blocks – reducing the continually increasing routine maintenance costs
  • Upgrading lighting and heating equipment – generating an energy efficiency saving of almost £24,000 over an 8 year period
  • Replacing both gymnasium floors and repairing leaking roofs – alleviating major health and safety concerns
  • Installing new servers to improve access to technology and connectivity – maximising the use of new technologies across the academy

Outcome

This successful project showcased both the in-house expertise we offer our aademies and our strong partnering ethos.
Jon Paisley, Estates Manager at The Hathaway Academy commented: “More has happened in the past 18 months than the previous 10 years!

Tackling this legacy of problems now means our pupils are both safer and can make the best use possible of technologies to support their learning”.

Going forward, our robust estates strategy ensures that relevant funding is secured and targeted where the need is greatest through a single, fact-based allocation model. We have the expertise to take on the management of estate focused projects and achieve the high quality results that enables us to provide high quality engaging learning environments now and in the future.

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