Fond farewell

11th November 2016

Special events have been organised to say a fond farewell to our existing buildings.

We will move to our new £13.9-million home in January, with a school occupying our current site on Grammar School Road for 60 years.

To mark the closure of the existing buildings, farewell concerts will take place on the evenings of Wednesday and Thursday, 16th and 17th November.

Principal Nicola Williams also announced an evening for former students to look around and reminisce on Friday, 25th November.

“We didn’t want to just shut these buildings without people having the opportunity to say farewell,” said Mrs Williams.

“There has been a school here for 60 years. We appreciate the buildings hold many memories for a lot of the local community.

“They will be demolished in the New Year so the concerts and open evening are the last chance for people to come and see them in operation.”

Tickets for the concerts, priced £3 each, are available from the academy.

Each will star our talented musicians with the orchestra, brass band, Taiko drummers, choir, soloists and staff choir providing a fitting farewell.

The event on the 25th will take place between 6pm and 8pm.

“All former students, whatever their age, are welcome to come and have a look around the buildings for a last time,” said Mrs Williams.

As for the new academy, being built under the Government’s Priority School Building Programme by Galliford Try and paid for Education Funding Agency, it was “looking fabulous”.

”Students and staff are looking forward to moving in. It’s due to be handed over on the 23rd December and staff will be working between Christmas and the New Year to ensure it’s ready for the children coming back in the New Year,” said Mrs Williams.

Plans for an informal open event will be announced in January with an official opening later in the year.

For more details about tickets to the concerts and the open evening for former students, contact the academy on 01652 652908 or email