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Harris Girls' Academy celebrates successful 2015 with topping off ceremony

PUBLISHED: 12:17 17 December 2015 | UPDATED: 12:17 17 December 2015

Students at the Harris Girls' Academy topping off ceremony

Students at the Harris Girls' Academy topping off ceremony

Stuart Thomas 2014

Students put the finishing touches on the academy's state-of-the-art sports hall and new three-storey building

Students at the Harris Girls' Academy topping off ceremonyStudents at the Harris Girls' Academy topping off ceremony

A Bromley academy held a special topping off ceremony to celebrate to completion of the structure of its new buildings on Wednesday.

Having unveiled a brand new canteen earlier this year, the official opening of the Harris Girls’ Academy’s state-of-the-art sports hall and new three-storey building is fast approaching, enhancing the academy’s aptitude in science and techonology.

Topping off ceremonies have been held for hundreds of years to celebrate structures reaching their highest point.

As part of the event, students Paige Scarlett-Pit, Klodi Gashi and Katherine Marlow in Year 11 put on full protective gear and ascended the new building to put the finishing touches on the final piece of concrete.

With Christmas fast approaching, the ceremony marks the culmination of a strong 2015 for the academy, where GCSE results this summer showed its students make better progress than at 96 per cent of schools nationally.

Klodi said: “Today has been really fun, particularly putting on the hi vis jackets and hard hats to build a small section of the building ourselves.

“We can’t wait until we move in and will really make the most of it.”

Principal David Astin added: “2015 has been a great year for us for many reasons and this ceremony has been a hugely enjoyable way to mark it.

“Above all, we are now really showing local families the benefits of a successful all-girls’ education.

“I started in September last year and the results we’ve achieved since then have been incredible, putting us in the top four per cent in the country, so we’re really pleased.

“It’s a powerful statement and that is testament to the hard work of the girls and the teachers.

“We are on a journey to become truly outstanding and this investment of £14m in our facilities will do wonders to support this.”

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