Lift-off for Flying High’s new school

HATS OFF to the Flying High Academy as Mansfield's Mayor, Tony Egginton, leads the turf-cutting ceremony.
HATS OFF to the Flying High Academy as Mansfield's Mayor, Tony Egginton, leads the turf-cutting ceremony.

Work has started on a magnificent, new state-of-the-art school building that will transform the Flying High Academy in Ladybrook for hundreds of youngsters.

The multi-million pound complex is being built just up the road from Flying High’s current Townroe Drive base -- on land formerly occupied by Ladybrook Primary, which was the school’s name before it became an academy.

A turf-cutting ceremony to mark the beginning of the work was attended by Mansfield’s Mayor, Tony Egginton, along with education officials, pupils, teachers and also representatives from Kier Construction, the company behind the build.

Mayor Egginton said: “As a Ladybrook lad, born and bred, this makes me so proud.

“The building will be fit for purpose and will give the community and pupils the opportunity to thrive. We can see how wonderful the pupils of the school are.”

The new primary school will comprise 16 classrooms, a new hall, all the latest equipment and extensive school grounds, increasing capacity from 330 to 420 places. It is hoped to be ready by the end of the year.

Flying High head teacher Tony Warsop said the children were very excited about the new building and were consulted throughout the design stages.

“The future is bright!” Mr Warsop declared. “This will enable us to support our pupils to excel to their full potential, while maintaining our provision for vulnerable learners.

“The community will have a school building it deserves -- and one to equip the children for their exciting futures.”

Richard Charman, operations director of Kier Construction, said: “This will be a top-quality building, enabling the school to deliver a high-quality education.”