Chigwell School celebrated a significant milestone by holding a Topping Out Ceremony to mark the construction of their new state-of-the-art Sports Centre.

Last week our whole school community and the McLaren Construction Group project team celebrated reaching the top of Chigwell School’s new sports facility.

Once complete, the new building will be home to a 25m indoor swimming pool, a five-court sports hall, a climbing wall, a gym and cardiovascular suite, studios, and a café. The eco-friendly centre will revolutionise our sporting provision and drive the sports agenda forward by enriching the learning experience for pupils, increasing the breadth and flexibility of our co-curricular offer, and catering to pupils of all sporting abilities through our ‘sports for all’ ethos.

An essential part of this facility will be its use by the wider Chigwell community and public members.

The Head, Mr King, said: ‘At Chigwell, we believe that sport supports the character development of our pupils. The new sports centre will be the hub of much activity; it will enhance not only our teaching and learning curriculum across all year groups but will bolster the school’s co-curricular offer. We are keen to transform the strengths of our pupils into talents but more importantly provide a space that focuses on enhancing the well-being of our pupils, staff, and the entire Chigwell community.’

Chigwell School’s Chair of Governors, Mrs Roseanne Serrelli, stated: ‘We are delighted to see the Sports Centre take shape; this is an incredibly exciting time for the school as we push boundaries to provide the best possible resources and opportunities for our pupils. This significant milestone resembles the educational and growth milestones students reach during their journey in school. We would like to thank the McLaren project team and the Governors for their unwavering support and the time they continue to give to the school.’

McLaren’s Regional Manager, Darren Gill, highlighted the importance of creating facilities such as the Sports Centre and said: ‘It’s a privilege to work on this exciting project for Chigwell School and to help it transform and inspire the students in their educational journey.’

We look forward to the continual progress and hitting completion in Autumn 2023.