Fantastic new covered areas are proving incredibly popular with students starting back at a highflying Academy this month

By Good News Post

The King Alfred School Academy has now erected four large outdoor marquee tents for students to enjoy on the back of other significant summer site improvements.

It means the students now have sufficient all-weather protection to use during lunch and break times. 

The current Covid19 regulations mean that the students are being kept in ‘bubbles’ and Learning Zones, and so use of the indoor spaces that would normally be used during inclement weather has proved a challenge. 

The 12-metre long structures have been hired from a local company as have outdoor mobile hand sanitiser stations. 

The academy is keen to continue to support local business at this difficult time and is playing its part in building up the local economy again.

Principal Nathan Jenkins said: “We identified this as an issue for students as we can’t now open the school hall and other areas for fear of mixing bubbles. 

“The students deserve and indeed need appropriate and comfortable spaces to socialise and eat no matter what the weather is. 

“The marquees are proving incredibly popular and there is an amazing atmosphere outside at break times and lunchtimes.

“We have sourced the marquees and the hand sanitiser units from two local companies, which is really important to us as a community school. Our Academy wants to play our supporting local businesses after COVID-19.”

The School’s thriving sixth form has also benefited from £100,000 of site improvements summer, with further site developments planned for the coming year.

TKASA has enjoyed considerable success over the past couple of years since joining The Priory Learning Trust.