Pupils of the new Astrea Academy Sheffield, due to start there in September, joined parents, staff, head teachers, members of the Astrea Trust, Kier Construction, officers from the council and Councillor Jackie Drayton to sign a steel frame at the new school.

The event marked the completion of the steel work before the cladding and brickwork is added and the signed steel beam provided the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy in the new school building in Burngreave.

Astrea Academy Sheffield will run the new school, for children aged from two through to 18.

The new building, together with a refurbishment of the Grade II listed former Pye Bank School, will provide space for almost 1,500 children and young people.

Kim Walton, principle of Astrea Academy Sheffield said: “We have been overwhelmed by the exceptionally positive response from pupils, parents and members of the community about the new academy.

“The Sign the Steel event encapsulates all we want for our children: to be truly part of the journey of their education, the development of this building and its place within the community.

“Everyone at Astrea Academy Sheffield cannot wait to work with community groups and local people to ensure the new school is an asset for all.”

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families at Sheffield City Council, said: “It was great to see how excited the young people are about being the school’s first pupils in September.

“As the building takes shape we can see what a brilliant asset this school will be, not just to our children and young people, but also to all in the community, a wonderful beacon of regeneration for our area.

“By working together with Kier Construction, and the school’s sponsor, Astrea Academy Trust, we have a wonderful opportunity to make sure all our children and young people and their families achieve their full potential.”

Nick Shepherd, Operations Director, Kier Construction Northern added: “I am delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with Sheffield City Council to deliver this iconic educational facility.  The project will benefit the local community in a number of ways, including employment and apprenticeship opportunities, and leave a lasting legacy for this area of Sheffield.”

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