Building work of a brand-new all through school in Dagenham is underway as part of a wider schools’ investment programme.

The £26 million new Robert Clack Lymington Fields School, will serve up to 1,350 pupils once completed in 2020.

It will also be part of Robert Clack School, which is on a separate site, and will be run by Robert Clack Head Teacher, Russell Taylor. It will mean the total school population will be around 4,000.

And to mark the occasion, Councillor Evelyn Carpenter, met Russell Taylor, Darren Cutts of Be First, Mike O’Dell of Mid Group and Richard Hallgate-Hills of the Local Education Partnership.

The school will feature 42 classrooms in total including specialist ICT, Music, science classrooms. There will also be a new sports hall along with two multi-use games areas.

Head Teacher, Russell Taylor, who was a former pupil at Robert Clack, said: “This new school will build on Robert’s Clack proud record of making sure our young people have the skills and confidence to be successful in whatever they chose to do in the future.”

Councillor Evelyn Carpenter, Cabinet Member for Educational Attainment and School Improvement, said: “Robert Clack is a highly popular school and the new Lymington Field campus will enable them to offer primary school places to parents for the first time.

“Investing in our schools is not just about bricks and mortar, it’s investing in this borough’s future and prosperity.”

Darren Cutts, Assistant Construction Director for Be First, said: “Our partnership with Mid-Group, the local education partnership, the council and schools is as deep and strong as the foundations this new school will be built on. And they lay the foundations of building a better Barking and Dagenham.”

Mike O’Dell of Mid-Group said: “We’re proud be part of building a new school in Barking and Dagenham. It’s a borough which is at the epicentre of London’s eastwards shift.”