Harris Primary Academy Opens
Harris Primary Academy Purley Way is an absolutely stunning new building and the exceptional design ensures a fantastic learning environment for children.
This November we attended the official opening ceremony of the latest Sunesis school, Harris Primary Academy Purley Way.
Like many local authorities across the county , Croydon Council needed new schools to meet the growing demand for school places. We handed over the new building to the Council and the Harris Federation as part of the Council’s programme of expanding and building new schools. Harris Primary Academy is one of our multi-storey Dewey models, ideal for tight urban areas where space is limited and it is the sixth school we have delivered working with the Council, as they continue to provide quality educational environments for local children.
Jane Robinson, head of academy said: “We are delighted with our new building – it is engaging, inspiring and the children are already very settled and very happy.”
Miranda Farrelly, a member of the Parent Teacher Association, added: “It feels really special to be the first ones here and get to see the school grow right from the beginning. It has been so exciting to see the new building and the opportunities our kids are getting – all the space and everything new.”
The school has a modern, light and airy hall, a full ICT suite, library and a roof-top learning deck which spans the length of the building, as well as small group rooms and a break-out space to better support children with special educational needs. The building is also sound-proofed, ensuring a peaceful environment for learning.
Cllr Alisa Flemming, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “Harris Primary Academy Purley Way is an absolutely stunning new building and the exceptional design ensures a fantastic learning environment for children.
“It’s great to see the whole school community enjoying their new high-quality space, which is something they can take huge pride in. With places for up to 630 children, this new school is part of Croydon Council’s investment to ensure a school place for every child.”
Fran Cox, operations director for Sunesis added “It’s been great to hear all the positive feedback from the teachers, pupils and parents about their new school. Harris Primary is our sixth school working with Croydon Council and we are very proud to be delivering these high-quality learning spaces for the local community.”
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