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Work begins on new Mill Chase Academy

Work begins on new Mill Chase Academy

A TURF-CUTTING ceremony has been held on the site of the University of Chichester Academy Trust’s new Mill Chase Academy in Bordon.

Work started earlier this year on the 900-place secondary school which is due to open in Autumn 2019. Sue Samson, Chief Executive of the University of Chichester Academy Trust, was joined at the ceremony by Mill Chase Principal Paul Hemmings, Hampshire County Council’s Leader Roy Perry, and Mike Green, Director of the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

Ms Samson said: “We have reached a great milestone on the journey for Mill Chase to be an exceptional school. The County Council’s Design Team has been amazing, taking on board the thoughts of pupils, staff and parents and including them in the blueprint for the new school’s designs. This will be a school for the entire community.”

Mill Chase is recognised by Ofsted as a good school with ‘an ethos of high expectations and aspiration which is central to the life of the school’ and ‘teachers who are passionate about doing the best for their pupils’ and where ‘pupils make increasingly good progress’.

The Academy is to be relocated to the new buildings from its existing site on the eastern edge of the town. As well as a diverse range of teaching and learning spaces, the new development will incorporate improved sports facilities with a flood-lit, all weather pitch, and six indoor badminton courts.

Mill Chase Principal Paul Hemmings said: “It is so exciting to be on site and to see work is starting on our new school. We want high quality outcomes for the children of our town. In 18-months’ time we will have a fantastic educational resource and impressive learning environment for the town’s students.”

The Univeristy of Chichester Academy Trust

Hampshire County Council is investing £10million towards the total cost of building the new school facility. The County Council has also been working with East Hampshire District Council, Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, and Homes England, to enhance Bordon and its infrastructure.

The balance of funding includes contributions from the Whitehill and Bordon Regeneration Company, Homes and Communities Agency, East Hampshire District Council, and the Education and Skills Funding Agency. Relocating Mill Chase Academy to new contemporary facilities, with the capacity to accommodate a growing school community, has been a central part of the Whitehill and Bordon regeneration plan.

Councillor Roy Perry, who led the turf-cutting ceremony, said: “Hampshire County Council has been pleased to play a significant and important part in the regeneration of Whitehill and Bordon. All along, we have recognised that a new school building, with all the potential that brings, would be pivotal to the quality and success of the whole development.

“We want this school to be a success, just as we are committed to helping Whitehill and Bordon be a success. I wish all those who will ultimately work and study in this new school the very best for a bright future.”

Completion of the Mill Chase Academy is due in summer 2019 to facilitate its move in time for the start of the academic year in the autumn term.

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