Outdoor classroom will be built after school's builders went into administration
- Credit: LA Construction
After a Potters Bar school's builders went into administration during the pandemic, Ladbrooke JMI was left devastated and with no more money to get the work done.
But now, Hatfield-based LA Metalworks' Scott de la Fuente has come to the rescue after hearing about the school's issues. Scott also wanted to give back to the area and the road, Watkins Rise, where he grew up.
The LA Foundation offered the school a £12,500 donation and to build the outdoor classroom at cost. This meant the school could have their facility for the balance they had remaining from the fundraising, which was raised by the community and parents.
Ladbrooke headteacher Tracey Webster told the WHT: "As a school, we were amazed and delighted by the offer LA Metalworks made to the school back in July.
"It was so overwhelming to be approached by a company who have no connection to the school who had read our news and who just wanted to help.
"Since then, LA Metalworks and the school have worked closely together to ensure we have created an amazing design for the children and as a school we could not be happier.
"The disruption in school has been minimal and the children have watched in fascination as the build has started to take shape.
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"We even planned our termly fire drill to coincide with the arrival of a large crane on site so the children could watch the frame being delivered.
"This also gave the children the opportunity to give a well-deserved round of applause to the team working on site.
"The donation of construction-themed books has prompted us to plan a theme week in school next term around construction, building in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) activities.
"We cannot wait to see the building continue to develop and we are already planning all the amazing learning opportunities that we can have together in our new space. Without LA Metalworks this most certainly would not have been the case. "
Under the supervision of LA's project manager, Haytham Barbouti, the build is in full flow with the landscape changing daily, creating a lot of excitement at collection time.