Civitas officially opens!

On the 7 February, Civitas Academy held a special opening ceremony to officially celebrate their new state of the art building in Reading. REAch2 CEO, Sir Steve Lancashire, Deputy CEO, Cathie Paine and other REAch2 senior leaders joined neighbouring schools Ranikhet Academy and The Palmer Academy to mark Civitas’s special day. Other special guests included the Mayor of Reading, Councillor Mohammed Ayub and Lead Member for Education in Reading, Councillor Tony Jones. The construction team from Balfour Beatty, Reading Borough’s Projects team at Reading Borough Council and the architectural team from Hampshire County Council also attended the event, which was covered by BBC South Today and ITV News Meridian.

The momentous day started with a presentation and speeches from co-executive headteachers Salima Ducker and Robert Wyld followed by some wonderful singing from children from the three Reading schools.

 Executive headteachers Salima Ducker and Robert Wyld, said:

“It was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the official opening of Civitas Academy with children, parents and visitors from Reading and REAch2. What a great opportunity to take a moment to celebrate the achievements of so many involved in the creation of our new school, highlighting the immense efforts behind the scenes. To be part of developing a new school is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and we now have fantastic new facilities to bring together our vision of collaboration and creating an aspirational and ambitious environment for our children. A huge thank-you to Reading Council, Balfour Beatty, Hampshire Council and to everyone who has brought the vision of Civitas to life. It’s been a successful partnership working on this project together.”

Civitas was delighted to receive gifts from its neighbouring schools, which included a framed picture of the school moto from Ranikhet Academy and a framed picture of the REAch2 touchstones from ‘The Palmer Parliament’.

REAch2 CEO, Sir Steve Lancashire, and Deputy CEO, Cathie Paine, said:

“It’s been a brilliant day for Civitas Academy and we were thrilled to help them celebrate. The performance by children from all three local schools today was fantastic. The school now has a wonderful, modern building, which staff and children were excited to move into in November. We hope they are enjoying their new surroundings, wonderful facilities and inspiring learning environments.  Thank you to all those involved who have made this possible.”