07 JUL 2017

Praising progress at the new Goodwin Academy site

I looked around Goodwin Academy's new school site recently and was amazed at the progress made. 

I was given a tour by Principal Simon Smith and construction firm Kier of the state-of-the-art facilities being built at Hamilton Road, Deal.

We fought a long and hard battle to secure funding for the school. Now some £25 million has been invested – with the new school building set to open in September.

I was incredibly impressed with the new building. 

This school has made brilliant progress over the last few years. Huge credit goes to Mr Smith, his hardworking staff and the pupils.

The smart new uniform they will soon be wearing is also top class.

Thanks to all our determined efforts, this really is a school transformed. It's so good to see Deal getting the investment in education we fought for and deserve.

The new site, being constructed next door to the current 1930s buildings in Mill Road, will have capacity for 1,300 pupils.

Equipment from the maritime studies centre based at the former Walmer Science College site has now been moved to the new building in Hamilton Road.

I also had a look at the modern gym equipment inside the new sports hall.

Now we just need the school to keep going from strength to strength to become an "outstanding" educational institution.


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