New Building

July 2016 Contractor's Progress Report


First and second fix mechanical, electrical and plant services are continuing to progress through both blocks, and the wall mounted dado including power and data outlets is being installed throughout the building.  Primer and first coat paint works is continuing throughout the building, with lighting rafts and wall fixed dado trunking now being installed.  Joinery, including doors and screens are now being installed and sheet flooring is complete to various parts of the building.  Fixed furniture installation has commenced in the Science rooms and future planned works include final decoration and carpet installation.

April 2016 Contractor's Progress Report








The façade and roof are now watertight allowing attention to turn to the fit out of the building internals. We are progressing well with the internal partitions with the bulk of the classroom spaces, main hall, kitchen and staff spaces now formed. The mechanical and electrical services are currently being installed throughout the building with painting due to commence during April and joinery in May.  

March 2016 Contractor's Progress Report

Works are progressing well on site with the majority of the roof waterproofing now complete to allow the roof mechanical plant to be delivered on Monday 14th March.  All windows are now installed to the external façade and the brickwork is approximately 80% complete.  Internal works are continuing with the dry lining being installed throughout all floors of the building.  High level mechanical and electrical services are also being installed across all floors.  Fixed furniture, internal doors and glazed screens are now in manufacture ready for installation commencing in May.

January 2016 Contractor's Progress Report

Works are progressing well with the main structural steel frame now complete and on programme to have the blockwork, window fixing and roofing complete to the North Block by the end of January. We have commenced internal wall construction and installation of MEP services.

External works are also progressing in line with the programme with the storm water and foul water drainage complete around the main building. Following removal of the external scaffolding to the North block we will start the external hard landscaping.

Archive Celebration

As reported in the Gazette newspaper (11/11/2015), the school is planning a large exhibition of archive material to celebrate the opening of the new school building in November 2016.  

Archivist Mike Kitchener is hoping to identify the boy shown in this photograph from the school archive.  The boy was a pupil of Bennetts End School, one of the founding schools which joined with Apsley Grammar School in 1970 when comprehensive schools were introduced.  The subject of the picture is Bennetts End Secondary School's Hobbies Exhibition, and the photo comes from the late 1950s or early 1960s.  The pupil concerned is pictured holding his model aircraft in the company of  headmaster Cyril Fowler.  If you can help identify either the pupil or the year, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

First Lesson taught in New Building

On Friday 25th September 2015 a group of students became the first to be taught in the new building - albeit in a classroom without ceiling or walls.  Head of Art Mrs Sonnier took her photography class to the site as part of their GCSE coursework.

Ground-Breaking Ceremony

Following the signing of the Governing Body agreement with the Secretary of State for Education and the start of works on February 16th 2015, a ground-breaking ceremony was held on the site of the new Longdean School on Friday April 24th, after the initial preparation of the building and construction compounds.  This was an exciting occasion which brought together people representing many different interested groups.

Guests included:  The Rt. Hon. Mike Penning MP; Councillor Herbert Chapman and his wife Shirley (representing the Mayor); Councillor Terry Douris; staff from Interserve (contractor); members of the Longdean School Parents Association; Governors, Headteacher, senior staff and students of the school.

Headteacher Graham Cunningham said: "We started this process in September 2011 and it's hard to believe that it's actually happening now.  The construction process has been smooth and swift - it has not affected the work of the existing school in any way.  We now very much look forward to the foundations being laid and the steelwork being constructed - our students tell us that they are very excited about seeing the new building rise out of the ground.  We plan to have a topping out ceremony in due course."

A video of the ceremony, as well as time lapse photography and building models can be viewed by clicking here.