11 April 2014
Dover Christ Church Academy and lead sponsor, Canterbury Christ Church University, have signed contracts for a ?10million redevelopment of the Academy site.
Building will start in May with much of the major works scheduled to coincide with school holidays to minimise disruption to pupils. The new buildings are due to open in summer 2015 and will transform the entrance and the core buildings at the heart of the Academy.
Academy Principal, Sam Williamson, said: “The signing of the contract signals a crucial next step in the development of the Academy and realising the vision set by the Academy Trust in 2009.
“The vision was to raise the educational standards for students in the Dover area and significantly contribute to the regeneration of the area. Over the course of the three years since the Academy’s opening in 2010 a great deal of change has already been achieved, including an increase of 10 per cent in our results for 2013 in the government’s key measure of five good GCSE passes including Maths and English.
“Together with the inspirational and determined leadership provided by the Academy Sponsors and leadership team, coupled with rapidly rising standards and an inspirational learning environment the Academy can continue its journey to achieving our goal of an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted status in the future.”
Dr John Moss, Chair of Governors and Dean of the Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: ‘This is an important step in the Academy’s development journey. As lead sponsor, Canterbury Christ Church University is pleased with the progress the Academy is making under Sam Williamson’s leadership. We believe the new buildings will help to accelerate that process by providing our pupils with a place to learn in that they can be proud of.”
The building work is being funded by the Education Funding Agency.
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.
*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey