09 OCT 2017

Opening the new Goodwin Academy building

The official opening of the new £25 million building at the Goodwin Academy in Deal was held on Friday.

The ribbon was cut by The Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce after guests were given a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities.

I was delighted to see the new building up and running after fighting a long and hard battle to secure funding for the school. It was great to be shown around by two polite and well-informed pupils, who looked very smart in their new school uniform.

The new Hamilton Road site, built next door to the current 1930s buildings in Mill Road, has capacity for 1,300 pupils. Equipment from the maritime studies centre based at the former Walmer Science College site was moved to the new building. Guests also had a look at the modern gym equipment inside the new sports hall.

We fought a long and hard battle to deliver the new building for the Goodwin Academy. Now some £25 million has been invested. Thanks to everyone's determined efforts, this really is a school transformed. It's so good to see Deal getting the investment in education we fought for and deserve.

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