An important milestone was reached for the Twyford Trust in February as construction teams started on site at both Ada Lovelace CofE High School and Ealing Fields.

Representative students from both schools symbolically came through the school gates for the first time and were given an introduction to the construction process and layout of the new school buildings by the respective construction teams.

Clearance work is already well underway at the Ada Lovelace site on Park View Road and at Place House, the new home of Ealing Fields on Little Ealing Lane. Already it is possible to see the listed building that will be refurbished as part of the Ealing Fields project and there is no doubting the anticipation and excitement for the students in seeing their new school sites and the long-awaited plan becoming a reality.

Services of Blessing and Groundbreaking were also held at each site this week, led by the Assistant Area Dean, Revd Carolyn Dunk. These were attended by members of the Department of Education team, staff, governors and Twyford CofE Academies Trust Directors as well as the construction teams from Kier Construction and Bowmer and Kirkland. The ceremonies acknowledged God’s faithfulness in bringing us to this significant point and asked for his blessing on the building work and the school community that will flourish there.

Both schools are already proving very attractive options to local parents and are significantly oversubscribed despite being in temporary accommodation for a further year. Plans for the new schools include a post-16 Technical hub for Computing & Digital Technologies at Ada Lovelace, and at Ealing Fields vocational links in Law to build on the school’s specialism in ethics and critical thinking.