|The Temporary Science blocks. They may look a bit basic externally but the do the job and are really well fitted-out inside.|
Things are moving very fast at the Academy. The team Matthew leads have put in a huge amount of effort to enrich teaching and establish the basic standards of behaviour are are essential building blocks on which to base academic and personal improvement. I was really impressed with the progress being made. I think a really great story is starting.
The temporary accommodation providing both great new science classrooms and a girls changing room where the showers actually work are ready to go. Late connection to the new electric sub-station is a few days away and while I was there the standby generator was failing lamentably and setting off all sorts of carbon momoxide warnings. But by Friday this should be a thing of the past.
Kier has temporarily fenced off the North Building site and the huge grounds around the Academy are now a lot smaller.
Drapers' Academy has got off to a good start and by the first half-term a lot has been achieved. But there is huge amount still do on a whole range of issues: raising academic standards, giving every child at the Academy the best chance possible and creating a new school in outstanding buildings. Big challenges but everyone seems up for it.