Plans for a new Sixth Form Centre to provide post-16 educational opportunities for young people in Rainham has taken a major step forward. The new Sixth Form Centre at Harris Academy Rainham is being funded by the Department for Education to meet an identified need for post-16 places in the town. ISG Construction has been appointed to build the new Sixth Form Centre and is preparing to submit a planning application.
The new Sixth Form Centre will be built next to the school sports hall within the grounds of Harris Academy Rainham, on a site currently occupied by changing rooms and a disused former swimming pool. The existing drab and dated building will be replaced with a new building incorporating high quality architecture and materials, as well as enhanced landscaping and planting to improve the school’s frontage onto Wennington Road.
ISG and Harris Federation have launched a consultation website to provide local people with information about the planned Sixth Form and to provide an opportunity for people to comment on the plans and register for updates as the plans progress. The consultation website can be visited at www.harrisrainhamsixthform.com.
Gareth Stananought, Principal at Harris Academy Rainham said “The creation of a new Sixth Form Centre represents significant investment in post-16 education in Havering Borough, providing state-of-the-art learning facilities for 400 young people in Rainham and the surrounding area.
Following the devastating impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the education of young people, the new centre will deliver a transformational boost to learning provision in the Borough and to the life chances of young people locally.”
James Hole, Senior Design Manager at ISG added “We are delighted to be working with Harris Federation and the Department for Education to build fantastic new educational facilities to deliver a transformational boost to the life chances of young people in Rainham. Our architects have been working on exciting designs for the new Sixth Form Centre and we are very keen to hear the views of local residents, students and parents as we prepare to submit a planning application.”
ISG and Harris Federation intend on submitting a planning application for the new Sixth Form Centre in early spring. If approved, it is hoped that the new centre will be completed in the Autumn of 2022.