A new era at Ashley C of E Primary in Walton-on-Thames will be officially marked on Friday May 25th with the opening of the Stapleton and Jubilee classroom blocks, a hall extension and a smart new community kitchen. The two classroom blocks have achieved excellent ratings for sustainability best practice with high levels of insulation, air source heat pumps that regulate the temperature, solar tubes and roof lights that maximise natural light and solar photovoltaic roof coverings that generate clean energy for the buildings. Each building houses four classrooms. This has enabled the school to accommodate its expansion to full two-form entry of 420 pupils.
Opened by Dominic Raab,
MP, the Stapleton Block will be named in honour of Nigel Stapleton, Chair of Governors, who was so instrumental in ensuring the build project came in on budget and who helped the school negotiate a new building contractor when the original contractor, ROK, went into administration just over a year ago. The Jubilee Block will be named in commemoration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.
The dedication ceremonies will include a blessing by the right reverend Ian Brackley, the Bishop of Dorking, and a song, ‘We’re Building’, especially written for the occasion by Mark and Helen Johnson from Out of the Ark Productions, who composed the Sport Relief song ‘Take the Stage’ and are currently working on a song for the Queen’s Jubilee.
‘Ashley School is an outstanding learning environment with a great team of staff who place the well-being and sustainability of every individual, the school community and the wider world at the heart of all that it does.’ commented Headteacher, Richard Dunne.