New science labs get thumbs up from Havant pupils

HI-TECH Mayor of Havant Gerald Shimbart with pupils Owain Cotter and Amy Redsull, along with student principal Antony Deakin. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (123026-3)
HI-TECH Mayor of Havant Gerald Shimbart with pupils Owain Cotter and Amy Redsull, along with student principal Antony Deakin. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (123026-3)

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WITH light pouring in from high glass ceilings, plasma television screens on the walls and comfy colourful sofas, it could easily be a trendy new hotel.

In fact, it is Havant Academy, a school which has been transformed thanks to £10m worth of Building Schools for the Future funding.

Work has been going on for the past 18 months since the funding was secured with some buildings being knocked down, others put up and the rest given amazing makeovers.

The Hive, which is full of books and touchscreen computers, is buzzing with studying pupils.

Glass-walled classrooms look out on to a light and airy central atrium where pupils and teachers lunch together.

And yesterday, with a little work still to go around the campus, pupils proudly showed off the recently-finished science block where labs are equipped with the latest technology.

Teacher Peter Schofield is passionate about driving up achievement in the subject having introduced two new qualifications this year – triple science and environmental and land-based science.

The new courses coincide with the opening of the four new labs, which have smart boards and enough space for two classes to work in one lab at a time.

Mr Schofield hopes the learning environment will help inspire a love of the subject in pupils and drive up achievement.

He said of the transformation of the labs: ‘It makes you think differently about how you are going to deliver lessons. We want students to be much more independent and we want to stretch our most talented pupils.’

There is a focus on sustainability and students will be working on environmental projects with Staunton Country Park.

Year 11 pupil Antony Deakins is delighted with all the improvements. He said: ‘The old science labs were alright but didn’t look as nice as this. The old classrooms were very traditional.

‘This is a lot better because we see how much has been spent on it and it makes us feel as if the school actually cares.’

An open evening is being held on September 26.