Chapeltown Academy, a further education facility broke ground this week as work began on extending its current building into a neighbouring site. The extension to the building located in the Hydra Business Park, will allow the facility to serve an additional 100 students.
Academy Headteacher Dayle Coe said, “The Academy is located in a built-up industrial area which means there is no space to create a new building, our only opportunity to grow is through expansion into neighbouring buildings.”
“It is fortuitous that this opportunity opened up. After years of utilising our current space, we are finally able to grow our site and open up Chapeltown Academy to more students in South Yorkshire.”
The new facilities, consisting of a workshop, classrooms, offices and a conference room is primarily intended to improve the quality of the provision and increase the number of places available on the engineering and health and social care courses.
“We see engineering and health and social care as primary areas of focus.” Dayle stated,
“National projects such as Northern Powerhouse and High-Speed Rail have increased the demand for skilled Engineers in the UK, and demand for employment in the health and social care sectors is anticipated to grow significantly over the coming years”.
“We already offer BTEC courses for these subjects and have a significant demand for the places, but it is a priority for us to ensure that these students are benefitting from the best possible education and experience that they can. The new space and industry leading equipment will allow us to do this.”
The project is supported by the governing Trust Minerva Learning Trust. Bev Matthews CEO of Minerva Learning Trust spoke of the project,
“The Trust Board encourage and support the expansion and development of the curriculum at Chapeltown and believe this will enable the aspirations of the students particularly from the feeder schools from the surrounding area.”
She continued, “the introduction of high-tech equipment should encourage our students to be more ambitious and develop, real useable skills that are sought after in our economic climate”.
Chapeltown Academy serves 300 students enrolled in educational programs varying from science, and technology to languages and law. The additions to the curriculum will allow the establishment to increase the roll by a further 100 additional students however despite the growth in numbers, Chapeltown will honour their current value of keeping class sizes small.
Dayle Coe stated, “It is hugely important for us that our class sizes remain small so that every student can benefit from a personal experience”.
“Every student has their own way of learning, and we embrace this. We respect each person as an individual and tailor their experience to them.”
Chapeltown Academy will have an induction day for prospective students on 24th June. Anyone interested in attending should visit the Academy’s website www.chapeltownacademy.com.