It was lift-off as Space Studio West London launched into its permanent new home in Feltham.
Aspiring astronauts at the specialist school were honoured to be in the presence of Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty of the Commandant Air Cadets.
She officially opened the £4.5m building in Letchworth Avenue on January 24, 2017, where she reflected on the exciting opportunities available at the school including trips to NASA in Houston and Florida.
The event was also attended by MP for Feltham and Heston Seema Malhotra .
The site contains three purpose built science labs, an engineering workshop, a robotics laboratory, food science kitchens, gym and flexible learning spaces.
Speaking at the opening, Principal Andy Morgan said: “It is fantastic to have a building specifically designed to support our pioneering approach to education, as one guest commented it seems more like a work place than a school.”
The school which opened in September 2015 was housed at a temporary site at Bridge House, off Hanworth Road.
It is open to students aged 14 to 18 and specialises in space, aerospace, science and maths.
There are currently 140 students in Years 10 to 13 which will build over the next years to reach 300.
The school has close ties in the industry allowing it to set students real life projects to work on including Heathrow, RAF, British Airways, BP, the National Space Academy, Surrey Satellites Technology limited and Hitachi Rail.
The building was designed by GSS Architects and built by Farrans.
Spaces are still available for September 2017 and students can apply online at www.spacestudiowestlondon.org .
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