Impressive new state-of-the-art classrooms and learning space that will benefit local children and the local community were officially opened at Olive AP Academy – Havering on Thursday 17 October 2019.
The special launch event was attended by the Mayor of Havering, local councillors, staff and members of the community, who enjoyed a tour of the academy building and displays of work created by students.
The Hornchurch-based alternative provision academy supports children and young people aged between 11 and 16 who have experienced difficulty in learning in mainstream schools.
The refurbishment of the academy was funded by the local authority, London Borough of Havering and includes new classrooms, a science lab, new canteen, a multi-purpose hall, atrium and teaching kitchens.
Philip Whall, Chair of the Olive Academies Multi Academy Trust said at the event: “The launch of our refurbished building with amazing new teaching facilities for local young people wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Havering Council. We are proud to be working in partnership with them, ensuring that Havering’s young people have the best possible opportunities to succeed and achieve.”
The Mayor of Havering said: “Partnership, pride, passion and good old fashioned hard work have brought about what’s been achieved here at the academy. Seeing the students’ work and achievements and meeting the academy’s young people presents the borough in the most positive light.”
The improved building will not only benefit academy pupils. The facilities are also used to run after-school youth clubs and holiday activities organised by Havering Youth Service. The space is available for hire to the local community for weddings, parties, special events, clubs and sports groups.
Facilities can be hired on weekday evenings, weekends and during school holidays, with a discounted rate for community groups and registered charities.
For more information about Olive AP Academy – Havering and venue hire visit aphavering.oliveacademies.org.uk.