The three-storey structure of the new building provides a compact arrangement for the classrooms, internal activity spaces and amenity areas in order to maximise the external space and playing fields. The building comprises two triangular wings located either side of a triple height top-lit central space. The central drum houses an auditorium, drama space and Learning Resource Centre. All materials and design elements provide a flexible learning environment, and enhance the sense of transparency and openness at the Academy which accommodates 1200 students.
Facilities at the school include a training restaurant, dance studio, flexible hall and dining space, a well-equipped sports hall and a roof top terrace.
The specialism of The Petchey Academy is ‘Health, Care & Medical Sciences’, and this theme has been captured throughout the new building for the Academy, with the two wings named after famous London hospitals, Barts and Kings.
The Petchey Academy has been sponsored by the Jack Petchey Foundation. The Foundation is the vision of Jack Petchey a prominent East London entrepreneur, and further information can be found here.