The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP

Member of Parliament for Welwyn Hatfield

Shapps attends ‘topping out’ ceremony at new Hatfield school

Last Friday, local MP, Grant Shapps, opened the proceedings for the ‘topping out’ ceremony at Hatfield Community Free School. The ceremony was hosted by the school’s contractors, Balfour Beatty, to celebrate the building at Briars Lane having reached its highest point.

Construction is on schedule and the primary school is expected to be ready for the new school year in September. 60 reception places will be available, followed by 60 reception places each year after that.

The new school was created under the Government free schools programme after Hertfordshire County Council identified a need for extra primary school places for 2012 and beyond.

The school is proposing to focus on language skills and closer staff/pupil contact. There will be activities before and after
lessons to support the curriculum and to accommodate working parents.

At the ceremony Balfour Beatty presented the principal, Dr Sue Attard, with a silver trowel engraved with the name of the school. Other guests included Professor Graham Galbraith, deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire, which is partnering the school’s development.

Speaking at the presentation Grant said, “From the beginning I was very pleased that members of the local community took advantage of the Government’s free schools programme and decided to build a new primary school here in Hatfield. I am delighted the project is almost completed and I am sure that Hatfield Community Free School will provide an additional source of educational excellence for the children in our community”.

Grant speaking at the 'topping out' ceremony


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