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Dagenham school unveils new extension

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 May 2015

Head teacher, Kevin Wilson and pupils outside the new building at All Saints Catholic School in Dagenham.

Head teacher, Kevin Wilson and pupils outside the new building at All Saints Catholic School in Dagenham.

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A Dagenham secondary school officially unveiled its brand new £7.1 million extension last week which will allow hundreds more students to attend the school.

All Saints Catholic School invited members of the community to a mass, which was led by the bishop, and reception last Thursday to celebrate the building’s opening.

The Terling Road school first commissioned the building work in 2012 after being asked by the local authority to help address the shortage of school places in the borough.

The three-floor building, which was funded by the government’s Targeted Basic Need programme, was completed in late 2014 and is used by students from across the school, with the top floor being occupied by Sixth Form students.

And the new building will enable the Dagenham school to accommodate 300 extra students by 2020.

It currently has 1,200 students.

The school’s main building has also been renovated, including the refurbishment of the canteen, which has made room for new science labs, changing rooms and a fully equipped food technology classroom.

“I think that being in a better, brighter environment helps your learning,” year 11 student Holly Boyes said.

“The school generally feels a happier place, both inside and outside the classroom.”

The official unveiling of the extension is also the first event in the school’s calendar to mark its 25th anniversary year.

“The impact of a good education is far-reaching and so it’s really important to us that this new development is shared with the community,” headteacher Kevin Wilson said.

“We support learning, achievement, personal growth and social mobility and we’re looking forward to extending these opportunities to 300 additional students over the next few years.

“The new building has already transformed the school and there’s a really positive feeling among staff and students.”


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