Regeneration at Meopham
Meopham School has seen the start of their new building project begin, with students and staff being moved into temporary accommodation whilst half of the school is being demolished over the next few months.
Despite the disruption, students and staff have responded well to the changes. Assistant Headteacher Adam Webb, PSBP Lead at Meopham said “We have moved into temporary accommodation whilst the new school is being built. The temporary buildings are much nicer than the old buildings as a lot of rooms have increased in size”. He went on to explain “The change has allowed us to create additional groups in year 7 and 8, further reducing our class sizes in a lot of subjects”. Over the next academic year the old site will be knocked down in stages as the new school will be rebuilt within the grounds. Meopham School is part of the Education Funding Agency’s initiative to prioritise schools most in need or urgent repair.
The new design, created by KIER is going to offer the school traditional teaching spaces in a single building. This will increase green space, allow for quieter classrooms, a new library and a larger sports hall and fitness suite available for community use.
Meopham local community have been positive about the regeneration project, although set within a rural setting, the new building will still be sheltered by the landscape around it. The school itself will be shielded from road noise by a physical barrier created from the ground works.
The new building is set to finish in December 2017.
(Artistic impression of Meopham School site)