Sheikh's gift to add wow factor to Newmarket Academy
Sheikh Mohammed has underlined his commitment to the future of Newmarket by funding an extensive refurbishment of the town’s academy.
The ruler of Dubai, whose Godolphin racing organisation is based in Newmarket, has long given his support to the efforts to improve standards at the school as he has continually stressed the importance of education, both in his homeland, and in the town he calls home in the UK, where he has provided considerable financial donations to fund improvements.
The latest project to receive his backing meant students at the academy started their summer holiday a day early on Monday with just staff in on Tuesday clearing the school so the building could be handed over to the contractors after the scale of works was confirmed on July 20.
Work will see a redecoration of almost every classroom in the school, the replacement of the sound and lighting systems in the hall and dining room, an upgrade of the academy’s ICT resources and further improvements in SEND and engineering areas. Furniture in the vast majority of classrooms will also be replaced over the coming year.
Academy head Nick Froy said: “We are beyond grateful to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed for his continued and incredible generosity to improving the lives of our students. This work will see our wonderful existing building given a completely modern interior, which will create a wow factor for students and staff alike.
“This is an immense renovation project, one that will make a huge difference to our students by creating a more modern learning space and environment to inspire them to even greater heights. It’s is a fantastic example of the school and community working in partnership to transform lives.”
The news comes three months after it was announced that a ‘generous gift’ from Sheikh Mohammed would fund a new state-of-the-art library at the school, work on which will start in September and two years after the Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project, a £250,000 five-year programme, was set up to use the assets and networks of the racing community to provide structured education across all year groups.