Little Ilford students help build new school

Aim Higher and Destinations coordinator Andri Ford, students Em Ogunsanya and Tyrone Steele, product

Aim Higher and Destinations coordinator Andri Ford, students Em Ogunsanya and Tyrone Steele, production management traineeTom Rose and project leader Peter Craigie - Credit: Little Ilford School

How many students can say they helped to build their school?

Well, a group from Little Ilford can after they were offered work experience with the firm constructing the new school building.

Wates Construction are set to complete the long-awaited project next year, which will see 1,350 students and 200 staff relocate to a new building on the Browning Road, Little Ilford, site.

During their placement, the youngsters were given a tour of the new site and learnt about the various different roles in the industry.

Project leader Peter Craigie said: “Where possible Wates Construction actively encourages schools where we are working to send students to us for work experience.


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“The Little Ilford School students that attended work experience were a credit to the school, with their willingness to learn about the construction industry, politeness and time-keeping.”

The original Little Ilford School was built in 1957 but has since been labelled as not fit for purpose.

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The new school will feature modern classrooms, performance areas, grass pitches and a multi-use games area.

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