Following the 2010 Ofsted accreditation, MP Matthew Hancock opened the new £3.5m building for Samuel Ward Academy. The new building designed by Pick Everard, is expected to accommodate nearly 200 students in the age group of 7 to 8, and will feature a new science laboratory, art room, teaching and activity rooms and specially appointed areas for tutoring small group.
CSC carried out the screeding for circa 1400 sq.m of underfloor heating for the new building, installing FlexiDry F2 at a thickness of 65mm. FlexiDry fast drying floor screed was specially chosen for its quick drying time and compatibility with underfloor heating.
Apart from enabling the early commissioning of the under floor heating system, by allowing the quick drying of the screed, FlexiDry also improves the energy efficiency of the underfloor heating system. FlexiDry floor screeds act as a complementary heat sink which prevents heat loss and conducts the heat efficiently across the floor surface. This also helps in bringing down the amount of energy required at the source.
Samuel Ward Academy- formerly called Samuel Ward Arts and Technology College- received the accreditation following their consistent all-round outstanding achievements. The Ofsted accreditation would mean an increased funding of £250000 every year, and greater flexibility and freedom from the national curriculum.
The new building has been specially designed in line with the school’s philosophy that students perform best when taught in small groups provided with specialist facilities.