Dixons Cottingley Academy – New beginnings


New beginnings

Dixons Cottingley Academy benefits from impressive facilities.

Re-built as part of the Priority Schools Building Programme, the new school was completed in February 2017, with the students moving into a bright, spacious building coupled with a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities.

The school had hired its facilities to community groups prior to the development project, with Bradford Council handling the process on the school’s behalf. However, when work on the new building commenced, the council decided to withdraw from the facilities.

The school had a bright future ahead, with a range of spaces to hire, but lacked the staff, resources and time to handle hire arrangements independently so it sought a new facilities hire provider.

A new partner in SLS

After meeting with two companies, School Lettings Solutions (SLS) was chosen as the school’s new facilities hire partner.

The partnership commenced on 1st April 2016, with SLS working alongside the school to retain the majority of the current customer base and acquire some new business, despite the inevitable upheaval of a new build project.

Dixons Cottingley Academy now benefits from a plethora of outstanding facilities, including an assembly hall that doubles as a theatre – complete with retractable seating – specialist classrooms, a sports hall, drama studio, activity hall and MUGAs. (Multi Use Games Areas)

A lively mix of groups use the space – including fitness and dance classes, five a side football, tai chi, tang soo doo and Sunday league football. This generates a valuable additional revenue stream for the school, while allowing the local community to benefit from the extensive facilities.

Handling hire arrangements from start to finish, SLS allows staff to concentrate on what they do best.

Rachael James, Campus Manager at Dixons Cottingley Academy, said: “We work in partnership with the team at SLS; I would recommend SLS to other schools looking for a reliable, effective facilities hire partner.”