Family-owned construction firm Beard has completed work on a £5m building project at a leading co-educational, independent day school in Reading, which will extend its provision to children up to 16 years-old.
The school formerly catered for pupils aged three to 13, but as a result of Beard’s work, Crosfields School now has a new state-of-the-art senior school building and will have its first cohort of Year 11 pupils to sit their GCSEs in 2023.
During the project, Beard created a new front entrance, nine new classrooms, a staff area, medical centre, library, flexible performance space and a new café.
Having the best possible facilities available to all students is key to Crosfields aim to extend its exceptional education to pupils up to 16.
The school also holds charitable status, and is committed to reinvesting funds back into its facilities with recent projects including an artificial turf sports pitch, science labs, cricket pavilion, sports centre and swimming pool.
Craig Watson, Headmaster at Crosfields School said: “Parents and pupils wanted the choice to stay at the school beyond year eight, and this fantastic new building for our Senior pupils will mean that we can offer our broad and thorough education to many more students for years to come.
“We pride ourselves in offering the best environment for pupils to learn and develop in, and the new facilities will ensure that our students continue to thrive in an outstanding learning space.”
Jamie Harwood, director for Beard’s Swindon office, added: “One of the key aspects to this project was the close relationship with the client. Despite some hurdles to overcome, by working together and communicating openly, we delivered these exceptional new facilities in time for the children to start their new term.
“This project fits firmly into the Beard ethos that buildings are spaces for living, working, playing, performing and connecting.
“It’s unquantifiable the impact these new buildings will have, the friendships that will be forged in them, and the education that takes place within them.”