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Sidcup schools to benefit from Olympic legacy

PUBLISHED: 16:34 24 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:34 24 July 2013

L-r: Cllr John Fuller, Cllr Teresa O'Neill, Marlborough head Linda Lee, Chislehurst and Sidcup head Nigel Walker, Cllr John Waters and Old Bexley and Sidcup MP Jampes Brokenshire

L-r: Cllr John Fuller, Cllr Teresa O'Neill, Marlborough head Linda Lee, Chislehurst and Sidcup head Nigel Walker, Cllr John Waters and Old Bexley and Sidcup MP Jampes Brokenshire

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Two Sidcup schools are going to feel the full benefit of an Olympic legacy when a joint sixth form building starts being used in September.

Marlborough School and Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar will use key materials from the BMW Group Pavilion, which was situated in the Olympic Park during the Games.

The structure was taken down and transported to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar, in Hurst Road, earlier this year after being purchased by Bexley Council for just £1.

Marlborough caters for students aged 11 to 19 with a range of learning disabilities and they currently attend classes at the Hurst Road school’s site.

Chislehurst and Sidcup headteacher Nigel Walker said: “This new building project is truly inspirational and will, without doubt, enhance the lives of thousands of young people.

Headteacher at Marlborough, Linda Lee, added: “We are absolutely delighted that this new building will enable us to strengthen our unique partnership with Chis and Sid.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for us to be able to extend our specialist provision and provide inclusive experiences for all of our sixth form students.”

The new building will include a sixth form study base for both schools, new classrooms and an ICT suite, purpose built classrooms for students with additional needs, hygiene rooms and additional space for staff.

Two successful bids to the Education Funding Agency (EFA) for funding will help pay to transform the building for its new use. One was made by the council for Marlborough School and another by Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School

It will be subject to the usual planning approval.


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