Multi-million pound maths block opens at Dagenham school

Jo Richardson School headteacher Ges Smith (left) with Barking and Dagenham Council's director of ch

Jo Richardson School headteacher Ges Smith (left) with Barking and Dagenham Council's director of children's services Helen Jenner (centre) and cabinet member for education and schools Cllr Evelyn Carpenter (right) - Credit: Archant

A new three-million pound maths building has opened at a school in Dagenham, to help cope with the demand for extra pupil places.

The new block was unveiled by Cllr Evelyn Carpenter, cabinet member for education and schools, at Jo Richardson Community School, in Gale Street, on Friday afternoon.

Featuring 11 teaching spaces in a modern and innovative design, the new development comes after the school expanded from eight to 10 forms of entry in September.

Dr Helen Jenner, the borough’s director of children’s services, and a number of representatives from Barnes Construction, Bouygues and Barking and Dagenham Council also attended the special opening ceremony alongside school staff.

Headteacher Ges Smith said: “I am delighted that so many people could join us for the opening of our new maths building.


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“I know that the state-of-the-art facilities we now have will inspire all the young people who are lucky enough to have their lessons in such a fantastic learning environment.

“I particularly want to thank Bill Pointon, director of learning for maths, whose commitment and vision has helped to turn our original plans into a building of which we are extremely proud.”

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