As we are sure that you will agree, the new building for Goat Lees Primary School certainly stands out as a striking landmark. Its is hard to imagine that only only a year ago this site was still a field which was unused and overgrown. The desire to see a school established on the site was widely supported by the local community and there was much interest in the design of the building. The driving force behind this project was a group of local Headteachers from the Ashford area who submitted a bid to sponsor the new school. They used all of their combined expertise to identify the essential elements that a school would need whilst ensuring that the additional features that would create a Wow factor were not forgotten. It was the collaboration of this group of school leaders and the team from Pellings, the chosen architects, who developed the design for the building. Indeed one of the reasons that the building is so successful is this unique partnership, which ensured that there was an equal balance between design and functionality. As a result we are fortunate enough to find ourselves with a school building design that really supports teaching and learning at Goat Lees Primary School. We are delighted that the success of our school building has been recognised in a national award from the Royal Institute of Chartered surveyors ~ RICS. The school has been shortlisted for two categories including design and innovation and the community award. We were recently visited by judges representing RICS and we were extremely pleased when our school received highly commended. I am sure you'll agree that the photograph by 'Philip Durrant Photography' is exceptional.