Alan Johnson MP, Secretary of State for Education and Skills, announced on 4 July that Swindon’s Hreod Parkway School has been designated a Specialist College in Science and Mathematics & Computing.
Governors and staff have been celebrating the school?s success and a letter has been sent to all parents.
This combined specialism is a particular accolade for the school in North Swindon that has seen a rising trend of achievement over the past four years. Specialist Colleges receive significant grant funding from the Department for Education and Skills that is used for promoting the specialisms, further raising achievement across the school and providing facilities and learning opportunities for the local community.
By Easter 2007 Hreod will have moved out of its decrepit buildings on Akers Way into a brand new 11 – 16 years facility on an adjacent site which is being built as part of the ?97 million North Swindon the Private Finance Initiative school’s building programme .
Hreod Parkway?s bid was endorsed by Swindon Borough Council and was sponsored by school building contractors Equion Ltd., Medlock Charitble Trust, NEC Computers and Wirebird Ltd. who will provide additional facilities for the school and funding for local primary schools who have supported the school in its application.The bid includes a partnership with The Ridgeway School in Wroughton, already a specialist college in Science and the two schools will be sharing expertise and innovation.
The announcement will also come as good news for businesses in Swindon, as the college will seek to promote skills appropriate to local employment needs and aspirations in a range of different Sciences, as well as developing mathematical understanding and skills in Information and Communication Technology.
Andrew Fleet, Headteacher of Hreod Parkway, (pictured) said, “We are over the moon with this news. We have planned to become a specialist college linked to our planning with the Local Authority of our brand new state of the art school buildings that open at Easter next year.
“Our success means that can make even better use of the 21st Century building, its new Science labs. teaching rooms with the latest technology and specialist facilities ? Dance and Drama studios, Television and Recording studios and community rooms. The new Hreod will be something very different and will include an @Hreod Interactive Technology Facility that will be open for community use.
“I would like to pay tribute to my staff and all the students for the hard work they have committed to this great achievement.”
North Swindon Michael Wills MP has added his congratulations to Hreod Parkway School. “I congratulate Hreod Parkway School for earning this important distinction. It is a testament to the work of head teacher Andrew Fleet, the staff and the students and parents who have all worked so hard to make this a possibility. I hope that they will continue to excel in these subjects and others and I wish them the best of luck in doing so.”