New hi-tech School has ‘amazing and unique design,’ says head
2nd August 2017 – Crawley Observer
By Staff Reporter
Pupils at Forge Wood Primary School have left for the summer holidays knowing they will return to a new purpose-built building in September.
Forge Wood Primary School staff and students will start the new academic year in a new home after a while in temporary accommodation watching it develop across the road.
The new Forge Wood Primary is due to open in September
Jo Newton, executive headteacher, said: “We are really excited to be moving into our new school building. “The site is looking great and we can t wait to use the school facilities.’
She added that the children were enthusiastic about the move and already looking forward to the new playground and football pitches.
The first class of reception children was welcomed at the school last September and by 2022 Forge Wood Primary will be an all-through school to serve a new neighbourhood in Crawley, which is being built in four main phases over 12 years.
The new school building has been developed in conjunction with West Sussex County Council and developers Persimmon and Taylor Wimpy.
It was designed by Stride Architects and includes external and internal windows, to bring light to all areas of the school.
State-of-the-art systems offer natural ventilation throughout the building.
Landscaping provides external learning spaces including allotments, wild meadow areas, 3 pitches and a multi use games area for all sports.
Miss Newton said: “The amazing and unique design allows for the latest technology and innovation whilst making the most of the natural resources and local environment.
“Forge Wood Primary is a member of the multi-academy GLF Academy Trust and offers all members the chance to share resources and support in every aspect of school life.
“Establishing a new school within a new and growing community provides a unique opportunity for stakeholders to influence the vision and values of the school as it evolves.”