‘A dream recognised’ as new Aylesbury Vale Academy opens its doors

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Hundreds of students have been arriving this morning for their first day at the Aylesbury Vale Academy’s new Berryfields building.

The first pupils arrived at 8.30am into the striking entrance hall, the shiny surroundings giving few clues that work to make it ready was ongoing until just hours earlier.

Principal Fiona Froment outside the new Aylesbury Vale Academy

Principal Fiona Froment outside the new Aylesbury Vale Academy

Principal Fiona Froment described it as a ‘thrilling’ day for everyone involved.

She said: “It’s a dream recognised for all the staff and it will be for the students.

“We’re very grateful and thankful for being able to be here.”

Mrs Froment said staff and pupils had been in ‘awe and wonder’ at the new building and that the facilities and equipment will help everyone achieve better results.

Pupils on a tour of the new Aylesbury Vale Academy

Pupils on a tour of the new Aylesbury Vale Academy

She said: “It will inspire the staff to teach better than ever before and it’s the staff inspiring the students that will lead them to be creative and aspirational.”

Children arriving have been impressed by the size and look of their new school.

Year 11 pupil Edward Ashley, 15, said the facilities will ensure everyone looks forward to getting involved.

He said: “It’s a better learning environment for the students.”

After initial inductions and a few tours, it will be down to business with pupils having their first lessons of the new school year.

Before moving to Berryfields, the Academy, formerly called Quarrendon Upper School, had been based in Weedon Road since 1958.