The completed work now means that the school can house all of its pupils on one self contained site. The development work was funded with the assistance of NatWest.
The school was established in 1931, with four pupils and one teacher in the playroom of a private house. It takes its name from St Cedd who was sent from Northumberland to Essex alongside another priest to evangelise the local people. St Cedds relocated to its site in New Maltese Road in 1937, and acquired the New London Road site in 2010. Today the school operates as a charitable trust and is a member of the Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools.
The multi-million pound development sees the school extend their accommodation space through the new classroom blocks to house all students on the one site. The new classrooms are also multi-functional allowing teachers to cover the curriculum in fit for purpose facilities. It also helps to forge the identity of the school, by bringing the pupils together in one location for the school day.
NatWest have been banking partners to the school for a number of years. They provided the funding to support the purchase of the additional land and they extended further funding to meet the development costs during the build and fit out of the classroom blocks.
Commenting on the completion of the works, and the future for the school, chair of governors, Leo Bartle said: "It is great for the school to complete this work and welcome the children into their new classrooms. This project has been a real team effort between staff, pupils and parents from start to finish. The development is based around the children and their needs. We are fortunate to now have state of the art facilities and a relaxed learning environment for the children to get the most out of their education. We remain an attractive option for parents looking for private education provision locally, with our focus on the highest educational standards, an expansive academic curriculum and first class music, drama, sport and art. Now complete, this development will provide us with the space and the opportunity to be the premier 3-11 school in the region."
Ken Brown, relationship director, commercial banking at NatWest who arranged the funding adds: "St Cedds has a strong reputation for the quality of their education provision. This investment shows a real intent from the governors and the schools management team to drive the school forward and adapt to the growing expectations parents have for their child’s education provision."