On the 11 October an official commencement ceremony took place on site to mark the start of Essex’s first all through school. The event was attended by members of Essex County Council, Chelmsford County Council, Academy Trust and those working on the project. The school, which is being sponsored by the Chelmsford Learning Partnership, formerly The Boswells Academy Trust, will operate as one school but with two separate buildings for primary and secondary pupils.

It is planned that the 420-place primary school and 56-place Early Years building will be completed in time for a first cohort of pupils in September 2018, while the neighbouring secondary school building will be ready a year later.

Speaking at the ceremony, councillor Tony Ball, Essex County Council’s deputy cabinet member for education, said: “It’s a wonderful facility, not just the school but the community facilities as well. “It has been excellent working with the Chelmsford Learning Partnership and we’re very much looking forward to the first ‘through school’ in Essex. It’s something I’m very pleased to see.”

Paul Banks, chief executive of the Chelmsford Learning Partnership and executive Headteacher of The Boswells School, said: “We are delighted that we are the official sponsor of the new school. It’s a hugely exciting project to be involved with but it’s not just a new school, it’s a new school in a new and emerging community and we are looking forward to not just opening the new school but also being part of that new community.”