Financial close, with Interserve, was achieved on the 15th March 2005 and construction commenced immediately. Early ground works had already been undertaken during late 2004.
There was a phased opening of HLC. The secondary phase opened in September 2006 to students, some of the sports & community facilities opened in November and the remainder of the campus went operational on the 8th January 2006. All construction work was completed by Easter 2007.
Handover of HLC was completed on time and on budget.
HLC is the culmination of a significant project by the Borough of Telford and Wrekin to create a brand new school for this area of Telford. Their vision was to create an all-through 3-16 full service extended school, as well as re-locating The Bridge Special School into a brand new facility designed for students with severe and profound learning and physical disabilities. In addition, there is provision for extensive community use with a public library, theatre, dance studio, 25m indoor heated pool, sports hall, fitness suite and ICT suites for life long learning. There is a full programme of community activities every evening, weekends and holidays through “The Circle @ HLC”.
There is a private provider Nursery (ABC) within the building which works very closely with our local authority nursery within the primary phase. Its has its own wing of the building, adjacent to community and is open from 7am-6pm each day and year round to provide nursey care for working parents. Many HLC staff with young children use this onsite provision.
The building has been designed and built incorporating some advanced sustainability features to ensure efficiency and low energy consumption. These include:-
Biomass Boiler – which produces most of the energy needs for the campus
Rain Water Harvesting Systems – water is collected off all of the roofs and is recycled as grey water in the toilets
Sedum Roofs – these have been laid on all flat roofs and are attractive and have good insulation properties
Natural Ventilation Systems – there are carbon dioxide and temperature sensors in all teaching rooms and these control the opening and closing of the windows (Window Master system)
Night Time Cooling – all internal doors are opened at night to allow the building to cool naturally by allowing the air to circulate
Photovoltaic System – there are solar panels on the roof and the electricity created is fed into the HLC grid. There is a display panel in a science laboratory showing the KJ of energy being generated and the amount of carbon dioxide as our result that has NOT been emitted into the atmosphere
Under floor Heating – the entire campus has under floor heating and therefore reduces the loss of space form radiators or heating units
Light motion Detectors – every teaching space, office, changing room has motion detectors so that the lights go out if no motion is detected in the room and the lights also dim near windows if light levels are sufficient
The entire campus has a high speed CAT 6 network and is also wireless. The ICT expenditure in the orginal build phase approximately £5 million and the vision was to have a campus which had leading edge ICT and as paperless as possible. We invest, each year, updating our ICT so that we maintain a high level service for students, staff and our community.
All teaching rooms have interactive whiteboards or screens so staff can acccess a wide range of digital resourses to support learning. In addition, we have ICT suites, computing suite, two Apple Mac suites, CADCAM rooms and other devices such as iPads and PCs for student to use.
The campus runs an integrated management information system which contains all pupil information, assessment data, timetable, conduct and reward logs. Registration is electronic and teachers register students every lesson in the secondary phase. All messages and information about students and the day to day running of the campus is on our website or My Child at School (MCAS). Students can access the curriculum and resources to work independently from home or within the campus through our Sharepoint/Office 365 system. Homework is set (for secondary students) electronically though “Show My Homework” for which all student and parents have a login. Parents can pay for school trips and visits using our online Parent Pay system.
ICT is a critical element of HLC and is there to enhance learning and to support innovative and creative teaching. All staff receive regular training to ensure that their skills are constantly improved and updated.
Next Steps – 2016
The summer of 2016 has seen major investment by Telford and Wrekin Council at HLC. The primary phase has been extended to meet the demand for places. As a result seven new classrooms have been built by making significant changes to the interior spaces. There has also been a new primary dining room, new ICT suites, refurbishment of the library area and relocation of ABC Nursery into new accomodation.