Mayor tightens bolt at Essa 

The bolt tightening ceremony
Mayor of Bolton, Councillor John Byrne; Head Girl, Amna Alam; Managing Director of Kier Northern, Nigel Brook; Essa Academy Principal, Showk Badat; Head Boy, Hamza Patel; and Mayoress of Bolton, Councillor Lynda Byrne.

The Mayor of Bolton has taken part in a special bolt tightening ceremony at Essa Academy.

The event, held on Friday, November 12, marked the completion of the significant part of the new building’s steel frame, and was attended by council members, local councilors, school sponsors, governors, managers from the construction company Kier, and school staff.

The £20m, ultra-modern building will be home to Britain’s first non-carbon classroom, an interactive wrap around 3D Theatre, an International Business Centre, and will have outstanding ICT facilities.

Work on the new academy site started this summer and is due for completion in September 2011.

Mayor of Bolton, Councillor John Byrne, said: “The building is so state-of-the-art, it can only help to be educated in such a fine modern building. I only wish I had been taught in a place like this!”

Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “As a former pupil of the school, it gives me great pleasure to see the progress being made on site.

"The academy has made great strides in a short space of time, particularly in its GCSE results. I am very confident that the new building will give the school a modern, 21st Century facility.”

Showk Badat, head teacher of ESSA Academy, said: “It is a dream come true, not just for me, but one that I share with our community. People have only imagined, and now it is real. It inspires us every time we see the building, and as it does so, we aspire further to what could possibly be.”

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