St George’s Academy open new building

The Mayor and Mayoress of Sleaford with Graham Arnold at the official opening of the new Arnold Centre. Photo supplied.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Sleaford with Graham Arnold at the official opening of the new Arnold Centre. Photo supplied.

St George’s Academy recently opened the doors of its Sleaford site to give local residents the opportunity to look around the new buildings.

The event started with the official opening of the new Arnold Centre, named after Chair of Governors Graham Arnold.

Principal of St George’s, Paul Watson, paid tribute to Mr Arnold and the part he has played in the years it has taken from the initial plans to the final completion of the £20m building programme on the Ruskington and Sleaford sites.

Mr Arnold unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion and former Chair of Governors and vicar of Sleaford, Canon John Thorold, was also present to witness the renaming of one of the buildings as the Thorold Centre.

The Arnold Centre contains a variety of state of the art facilities including a new base for sixth form students with a large study area, which includes many desks with built-in computers.

This takes the number of new classrooms which have been opened over the last twelve months to over 25, nine of which contain suites of over 30 computers in each.

The open event attracted hundreds of visitors on the day, including governors, staff and students past and present and the mayor and mayoress of Sleaford.

Sixth Form students gave up their Saturday to take visitors on guided tours of the buildings and Mr Watson paid tribute to the excellent contribution made by the students to the success of the school, with their willingness to support events like this just one example of their commitment.

The students also showed visitors the new reception area, second drama studio, second (and larger) library and the Chairman of Governors meeting room.