22nd November 21
Wednesday 10th November saw the official opening of Halliford School’s new Woodward Building. The building has been named in recognition of our Chair of Governors, Mr Ken Woodward QPM, who has dedicated so much to Halliford over many years. Ken has served as a Governor for over twenty years and has successfully led the School as Chairman for the last eight years, plus his son attended Halliford School. As the School marks our Centenary, the opening of this new building is at the heart of our celebrations.
Headmaster, Mr Davies, led the ceremony with a moving speech about ensuring the best possible facilities for our students. Ken followed by thanking Halliford for the honour of having this wonderful new building named after him. He encouraged the staff and students to use and enjoy this facility which houses a fantastic new Learning Resource Centre on the ground floor, plus six classrooms and offices for the English and History Departments.
Ken unveiled the building’s name plaque at the ceremony attended by the Mayor of Elmbridge, several local school Heads, the School Governors, and local friends of the School. He then cut the ribbon and officially opened the building, inviting guests to see the new build for themselves. Guests enjoyed refreshments prepared by our in-house catering team and had a chance to tour the new space, which will soon be bustling with students.
The Headmaster was keen to avoid disruption to the local neighbours caused by the build and therefore opted for a modular building which also has the advantage that the construction process is much shorter thanks to the expertise of our construction specialists, The Darwin Group. Work commenced in May, with the delivery of 27 pre-built modules, and the building was completed in just 21 weeks. The eye-catching exterior of the new build was designed with numerous windows on each storey, creating a well-lit and spacious learning environment for the students and staff of 805 sq m.
James Davies, Headmaster at Halliford School, said, “The Woodward Building offers state-of-the-art modern facilities for our students and provides exciting, stimulating spaces for them to work collaboratively with our new Learning Resource Centre at the heart of the school site. We very much look forward to welcoming members of the community to see the new development and cannot wait to see our students enjoying this wonderful new space.”
Below you can enjoy the official opening ceremony along with time-lapse footage of the six month build.