Skanska - Building continuous improvement into Newham Schools

Press release 07/05/2004 00:00 CET

Pictured is Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham officially opening Kaizen Primary School. The 480-place primary school is the final completion of Skanska’s £23 million scheme for the London Borough of Newham and follows the successful completion of Plaistow and Kingsford Schools. The scheme has increased education provision in the borough by almost 2,000 places.

Kaizen, named after a Japanese word that translates as “continued improvement through daily effort” boasts a clean and warm learning environment, with state-of-the-art teaching and IT facilities. There are also sports facilities, with a safe and secure playground environment and a fenced conservation area, as well as facilities to ensure that Newham’s commitment to full inclusion for children with disabilities is continued. The Headteacher, Mitch Karunaratne said: “I’m extremely happy with the fixtures and fittings that make it a real school. I’d like to formally thank the team for what I consider to be an excellent job, in every respect.”

Sir Robin Wales said: “Education is our absolutely top priority and in this school we had a great team of builders who helped Newham realise its vision of education for the future.” Newham Borough Council’s Director of Education and Community Learning was also full of praise for the project team and thanked “everyone involved in the PFI contract and at Plaistow and Kingsford.”

Kaizen school currently has 60 pupils on its register and will eventually cater for 480 nursery and primary school children. During the opening ceremony, the children buried a time capsule, to be unearthed and opened at the conclusion of the 25-year maintenance contract.