The Mayor of London Boris Johnson was at Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School on Thursday to mark the official opening of the new sixth form centre. James Brokenshire joined the Mayor at the opening together with the Leader of Bexley Council, Councillor Teresa O'Neill, the Mayor of Bexley, Councillor Sybil Camsey and Olympic medallist Steve Backley.
As well as boasting new facilities for sixth formers, the building which was formerly the BMW Pavillion at the London 2012 Olympics, also houses a new teaching space for students with severe, complex and physical learning difficulties from nearby Marlborough School
The building acquired by the London Borough of Bexley for £1 following the Games and reconstructed using materials from the BMW Pavilion, includes a sixth form study base for both schools, new classrooms and an ICT suite, purpose built classrooms for students with additional needs, hygiene rooms and auxiliary space for staff.
Shared use of the building will continue to build upon the important collaboration between both Chis & Sid and Marlborough schools, encouraging the use of shared learning and leisure spaces and providing an excellent new facility in which students can study and unwind.
Commenting at the opening, James said:
“Bexley has an impressive number of outstanding schools and the completion of this new building is not only an example of the London Olympic legacy that continues to deliver improvements in Bexley as well as across London, but also a demonstration of the Borough’s commitment to supporting schools to improve the education they are able to deliver.”
“Chis & Sid and Marlborough both offer their students a unique and highly-valuable learning experience and I hope that, working together in this fantastic new space, they can continue to build upon the high quality education and support that they both provide.”
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:
“This new sixth form centre is a fantastic example of the legacy that hosting the London 2012 Games has produced through the redeployment of structures and fittings from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It will offer greatly improved conditions for the students to get down to their all-important studying and I am impressed by how the new building supports the pioneering integration of activities between Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar and Marlborough schools.”