The estates team ensure we have the best possible learning and working environment. This includes emergency repairs, maintenance and a rolling programme of enhancements, as exemplified by St Nicholas’ Chantry’s recent school hall renovation.

The old school hall floor was a constant issue. In damp weather, it would rise and couldn’t be used for PE and after-school sports clubs. This had a negative impact on sports provision and cost the school lettings funding.

Before the renovation

The estates team managed a project to renovate the hall and remove suspected asbestos. All children now have a safe, purpose-built, future- proofed area to play, learn and dance in.

During the renovation

Headteacher Ro O’Reilly said, ‘We couldn’t be happier with the finished project. Thanks to Martyn Harkess and the trust for helping make this happen for the benefit of the whole school community.’

After the renovation