New school labs opened

Kirk Hallam Community Academy, part of Nova Education Trust, celebrated the opening of their newly refurbished science laboratories last week.

Three first-floor labs and a ground-floor lab with top-spec facilities have been built to enable students across all year groups to access inspiring practical science lessons. The space to innovate and experiment will encourage students’ high aspirations to study science and increase opportunities for all students within school.

The new labs will complement Kirk Hallam’s already successful science curriculum, in which all students taking Biology achieved a grade A or A* at A-Level in 2022.

Funded by Nova Education Trust at a cost of around £475,000, the labs were opened by His Worship the Mayor, Councillor John Sewell BEM and Mayoress Mrs Rose Sewell, attended by councillors John and Linda Frudd in a ceremony involving school staff, trust colleagues and students.

Chris Turner, Head Teacher, said of the new labs: “As part of our continued effort to set high expectations, students deserve excellent learning environments. Our new science labs will be spaces where students’ curiosity can blend with quality teaching to establish a love of learning within the area of science.”

Sandy Paley, Executive Head Teacher, commented: “As part of the Nova Education Trust, we believe that learning should be aspirational, vibrant and creative, and the brand new labs at Kirk Hallam will facilitate this. We look forward to realising the benefits of this project as students are motivated to aim high and ultimately achieve academic success.”


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