School in Huddersfield becomes community hub following major rebuild
All Saints Catholic School is opening its doors to become a leisure venue for various activities, such as fitness classes, dance workshops and social groups, following a multi-million pound rebuild.
The popular Bradley school has undergone a complete rebuild after a seven-figure investment and is set to open its new, state-of-the-art facilities to the local area in September 2017.
For the first time, the school will have its own sports centre, which will house a sports hall, four badminton courts, and pitches for netball and basketball. The rebuilt facilities will also include dance and drama studios, and will play host to activities such as five-a-side football, dance recitals, and drama classes.
The school works in partnership with School Lettings Solutions (SLS) to enable local community groups to make use of its sports and performing arts facilities on evenings, weekends and during school holidays.
SLS partners with schools, academies and colleges to fully manage their facilities at zero cost to the organisations, while linking them with local community groups in need of affordable space.
Local groups will be able to hire out the facilities, which also include a main hall and multi-purpose rooms, for regular classes or ad hoc events.
It is hoped the partnership will open up new opportunities to the school’s students, as well as people of all ages from the local area.
Deborah Walker, business manager at All Saints Catholic College, said: “We’re really excited to be opening up the school to the wider community following our major rebuild. Our old buildings were more than 50 years old, so the investment was sorely needed. We are so proud of the facilities we’re now able to offer our students, such as the brand-new sports centre and drama studio, and it makes sense to be able to offer our facilities during evenings and weekends when the site is available. The additional income this will generate will benefit our school immensely.
“We’ve already had lots of enquiries from local community groups looking to use our facilities, and we’re looking forward to welcoming more partners on board once the site is fully open. This can only be a positive thing for our students and people in the area.”
SLS currently works with more than 140 schools nationwide, helping them to make the best use of their facilities. It provides a fully managed service, including managing bookings and staffing the facilities to ensure rooms are secure and ready for the next school day. The business is expanding across the country and is looking to sign up more schools across Yorkshire, which are currently facing hundreds of thousands of pounds of funding cuts.
Paul Andrews, director of SLS, said: “We’re extremely excited to see the new facilities at All Saints opened up to the public. The school has received a considerable amount of investment, which has been put to great use in the form of a rebuild, and the school now boasts some brilliant facilities - we’ve already had lots of booking enquiries from the local community before the site has even been opened.
“There is huge potential to provide more places like this for people of all ages to come together, which will be really positive for the area. At the same time, letting out facilities can help generate a new stream of income for schools as their budgets come under more and more pressure. We’re passionate about ensuring people have access to opportunities that boost their health and wellbeing, so we’re keen to support schools and local groups to make sure clubs can thrive and are well attended.”
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For more information or to book facilities at All Saints Catholic College visit https://allsaintscc.schoolbookings.co.uk