14 Jan 2013

Official Opening of New Primary Academy

The new Woodpecker Hall Primary Academy building in Edmonton was officially opened on Thursday 17th January by Michael Gove MP, the Secretary of State for Education. It is one of the very first ‘Free Schools’ to open in England following the Government’s launch of the programme in 2010.

Built on behalf of Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust (C.H.A.T.), which also manages Cuckoo Hall Academy and Kingfisher Hall Primary Academy in Edmonton, the new school is one of the first purpose-built Primary Academies and will be home to 420 pupils, as well as offering 60 part time nursery places.

The building features unique circular pods for breakout learning and has been designed to be extremely energy efficient to operate. Sustainable features include; high levels of insulation that surpass current building regulations, and 100sqm of photovoltaic panels to provide electricity. These measures have contributed to it achieving a BREEAM Very Good rating.

Patricia Sowter CBE, Chief Executive of C.H.A.T., said: “It is an absolute delight to me and my team that this fabulous new building is now completed and occupied by Woodpecker pupils and staff. Its bespoke facilities are marvellously well-suited to our needs, which only helps us to give our pupils the best possible start in their education.”

ADP’s partner in charge of the project, Simon Kneafsey, commented: “We really enjoyed the official opening of Woodpecker Hall Primary Academy’s new building. It is a project we are very proud of and we wish Woodpecker Hall every success for the future.”