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Work begins on the new building for Harris Academy Sutton Rss
Posted on: January 25th 2018
Building work has officially started on Harris Academy Sutton’s state-of-the-art building.
Harris Academy Sutton is a key component of The London Cancer Hub, and will offer local families an excellent education in close proximity to world-class scientific research. The new academy building will be completed in September 2019, eventually catering for 1,275 students.
The academy will be welcoming its very first 195 Year 7s this September who will study in a comfortable and
well-resourced temporary building whilst building work is underway.
Harris Academy Sutton will offer students a broad and balanced curriculum, but its proximity to the pioneering scientists, doctors and technicians of The London Cancer Hub will support and inspire its specialism in science – particularly health and life sciences.
As well as outstanding science facilities, the new building will have a performing arts space and a Sport England sports hall. Designed to be exceptionally environmentally friendly, the building will make Harris Academy Sutton the first secondary school in the country to meet the Passivhaus energy performance standard.
See a video of Councillor Ruth Dombey discussing Harris Academy Sutton and the London Cancer Hub here.
James Fisher, Principal Designate of Harris Academy Sutton said:
“IT’S A FANTASTIC MOMENT TO SEE WORK STARTING ON THE NEW BUILDING FOR
HARRIS ACADEMY SUTTON. WITH SCIENCE AND SPORTS FACILITIES THAT ARE SECOND TO NONE AND A CREATIVE AND ENGAGING CURRICULUM TO MATCH THE AMBITION OF
THE LONDON CANCER HUB, THE ACADEMY WILL BE A TRULY INSPIRING PLACE TO LEARN AND TEACH.
“OVER 900 LOCAL FAMILIES HAVE ALREADY APPLIED FOR A PLACE WHEN WE OPEN IN OUR TEMPORARY HOME FROM THIS SEPTEMBER, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING OUR FIRST 195 STUDENTS TO HARRIS ACADEMY SUTTON.”
Councillor Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, said:
“THE LONDON CANCER HUB IS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING PROJECTS TO BE HAPPENING NATIONALLY SO I AM VERY PROUD THAT IT IS HAPPENING HERE IN SUTTON. OUR AMBITION IS TO BUILD THIS INTO ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SITES FOR CANCER RESEARCH, TREATMENT AND DIAGNOSIS IN THE WORLD.
“WHAT COULD BE MORE FITTING THAN HAVING A SCHOOL AS PART OF THIS PROJECT TO OPEN UP OPPORTUNITIES TO YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING IN THIS BOROUGH AND GIVE THEM SKILLS FOR THE FUTURE?
“LIFE SCIENCE IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST GROWING SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY. THE OPPORTUNITIES THE SCHOOL WILL HAVE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE ICR (INSTITUTE OF CANCER RESEARCH) WILL BE EXCEPTIONAL. AS A WORLD CENTRE FOR CANCER RESEARCH, PEOPLE WILL BE COMING FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.”
Chief Executive of Sutton Council, Niall Bolger, said:
“WE ARE INCREDIBLY AMBITIOUS FOR OUR BOROUGH AND THE PEOPLE LIVING HERE. WITH AN INCREASING POPULATION THIS SCHOOL WILL PROVIDE VITAL NEW PLACES FOR OVER 1,200 CHILDREN TO HELP MAINTAIN SUTTON’S EXCELLENT REPUTATION FOR EDUCATION.”