Isaac Newton Primary Academy Ground Breaking Ceremony

The official start of construction of ARK’s Isaac Newton Primary Academy in Ilford was celebrated with a ground breaking ceremony on 26 February. The new state-of-the-art primary school will be built next to the secondary school on the site of the old Ilford Swimming Baths.

It will provide 630 places for local children between four and eleven years old from September 2014, creating an all-through school where children can develop strong relationships with their teachers from age four up to eighteen which will prepare them well for going to university when they leave school.

Primary headteacher, Tam Broadway, and secondary students from Isaac Newton Academy donned their hard-hats and safety gear for the event and were joined by the Leader of the London Borough of Redbridge, Councillor Keith Prince, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Alan Weinberg MBE and the Mayor of Redbridge, Councillor Felicity Banks as well as senior staff from Bouygues UK.

Tam Broadway, said “I feel extremely privileged and honoured to be joining ARK’s Isaac Newton Primary Academy as the founding headteacher. It’s a rare and golden opportunity to be able to create a new school from scratch and to watch it being built day by day. Staff, students and I look forward to welcoming our founder cohort of reception children and their families in September 2014. We are committed to giving our pupils the best possible start in life in an outstanding primary school that the community of Redbridge can be proud of.”

The new primary school, designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards architects, will have a polycarbonate façade to create a ‘glowing box’ effect. Pupils who attended the ceremony are part of a project team involved in the design of the academy’s uniform and colour scheme. Taylor Boon, a year 8 pupil, said: “It’s amazing to be included in the design and to be able to see such an outstanding building being built.”

As a memory of the day, Arnaud Bekaert, Managing Director of Bouygues UKs London and South East Construction team, presented pupils with a specially engraved trowel to display at their school when it is finished. He said: “We are delighted that work has begun on creating this modern, vibrant learning environment that will inspire generations of local children for years to come.”

Councillor Alan Weinberg MBE added: “Redbridge’s results are at the top of the table year after year. This project will go a long way to ensure that we have the places available for all of the young people whose parents want them to be educated in the Borough.”