The estates team had a thrilling project on their hands over the summer to build a brand new Shaw Education Trust Training Village. And guess who got to spearhead the operation? Me - Andy Ackerley,

The adventure began after the successful completion of the new SET Headoffice, and it was time to shift our focus to crafting the Training Village. The IOE & KNSTE team had a vision: three cutting-edge teaching rooms with Promethean boards each tailored to accommodate specific capacities – 45-50, 30-36, and 16 individuals. The larger room came with its own set of challenges, requiring food-serving worktops, a revamped kitchen area and even a small office for our amazing team.

To find the perfect location, we surveyed the existing tech room at Kidsgrove Secondary school, conveniently situated next to SET HQ. The initial brief evolved as we realised certain areas needed a bit more love and a few elements had to be replaced to match the high standards set by the new Head office. We decided to go the extra mile, adding a new entrance door with a slick entry system, a fully overhauled kitchen, an instant hot water boiler for events, new flooring, a complete makeover, upgraded blinds, a blocked-up doorway and fresh ceiling tiles for just over half of the building.

Now, here's the kicker! We had a tight deadline of just five weeks to pull off this ambitious project. However, fear not we brought in the experts from Fords of Blythe Bridge Ltd, and together we nailed it! The project not only stayed on schedule but also managed to stay within budget which is a testament to the dedication and hard work of everyone involved.







The results speak for themselves. The Training Village's showcases the precise planning and collaborative effort that went into this project. It's been up and running for a couple of months now, and I'm thrilled to share that the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

Below you will find some images to give you a visual peek into the incredible journey from concept to reality. Huge thanks to the Estates team, Fords of Blythe Bridge Ltd and everyone who played a role in bringing the IOE & KNSTE Training Village to life. It's been a true pleasure being part of this transformative experience.

Shaw Education Trust would like to express its deepest gratitude to Andy for his unwavering commitment, innovative approach and meticulous attention to detail, which have undeniably played a crucial role in the success of this transformative project. Andy's passion and expertise have not only met but exceeded our expectations and his tireless efforts reflect the true spirit of excellence within our organisation. Thank you, Andy, for making the IOE & KNSTE Training Village a remarkable reality.

We believe that this new facility gives us the power to unlock the full potential of every individual, creating opportunities and fostering personal and professional growth. With this vision in mind, our training village serves as a catalyst for change, inspiring and equipping individuals like You! With the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to develop your career.

If you are looking for NPQs, Teacher Training or Early Career Teacher Training. We invite you to embark on a transformative journey with us, find out more here! :

We can't wait to see the positive impact this has on our educational landscape!