Exciting Building Developments Over The Summer

Over the summer, many of our facilities and support staff have worked tirelessly with building contractors to make sure that many changes and new developments are ready for all staff and pupils for the start of our new school year.

As Mr Hogan communicated to staff and pupils in the summer term, we have acquired the Manchester College building that has sat on our campus for a number of years. This has been remodelled to create an additional 12 classrooms and a PE facility, along with a number of offices and student toilet facilities. This building will now house the English department. Moving into the old English classrooms is the Humanities department, who will move into the ground floor of the OLC joining MFL and the library. Extensive refurbishments have taken place to refresh the new Humanities classrooms and corridors, and to create an additional MFL classroom on the first floor.

Many other developments have taken place in the main building, most noticeably an extension to our dining room which provides with an additional 150 spaces for pupils at break time and lunchtime. Moving up to the first floor, the Art department has been remodelled to create 3 separate classroom spaces, each with their own entrance, rather than a shared communal curriculum area. On the second floor, Maths and Science have gained additional classrooms with Humanities vacating this floor. Science in particular have gained a new science lab, and 2 flexible use classrooms, with science demonstration facilities.

Several changes have taken place in the old CLC building, with the SEND faculty moving to the first floor, gaining bigger classrooms and a new nurture classroom, which is divided up into a number of flexible use spaces to support the cohort of pupils that will use the area. The ground floor is being remodelled to create a new standalone facility for pupils who need additional support, socially and emotionally, in order to fully access our school curriculum. More on this exciting new facility will follow.

As you can tell from reading this article, it’s clear to see that St Matthew’s continues to support pupils’ outcomes by ensuring we have the best facilities for all of our pupils, which support teaching and learning, and pupils’ social and emotional development.

We look forward to showing off these new facilities during our 40th Anniversary celebrations, and to our Year 5 and 6 pupils and parents at our open evening in October. Keep checking our website and twitter @smrchs for updates on these events.