Thursday 2pm: Famous scientist Professor Robert Winston opened the new £15 million Nene Park Academy science building today (27 February).
Professor Lord Winston, whose work includes preeminent research and development in IVF and BBC TV science programmes Child of Our Time and Superhuman, cut the ribbon and unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening.
Professor Lord Winston toured the Academy with Principal, Steve Howard, to see the students learning in the Academy’s first-class science facilities.
The event also included speeches from Steve Howard, Principal of Nene Park Academy, Councillor Marco Cereste, Leader of Peterborough City Council, and Councillor John Holdich, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and University.
Steve Howard said: “We are very privileged to welcome Professor Lord Robert Winston to open our new academy building. “We have worked incredibly hard to provide our students with the best opportunities to succeed.
“Our wonderful building and facilities were designed to promote our culture that enables students to learn and strive to exceed their potential.
“The academy has been on an impressive journey. We’ve received high praise from Ofsted and the new league tables show that our students’ value added progress in year 11 is the highest in Peterborough and second highest in the whole of Cambridgeshire. We are very proud of that.
“Our official opening represents a significant milestone for the Academy. We’re now firmly settled into our new home and feel extremely positive about what the future has to offer.”
Professor Robert Winston said: “Nene Park Academy’s students are extremely privileged to be learning in a school that places such emphasis on science.
“I hope that these new, specialist facilities can be used to inspire students through imaginative, practical experiments.”
The new £15 million building, which opened to students in September 2013 and was funded by Peterborough City Council, boasts a state-of-the-art educational environment.
This includes purpose-built science laboratories, which will enhance teaching and learning of the academy’s specialist-subject, fully-equipped TV and radio studios and an attractive, parkland frontage which includes a grass amphitheatre.