Former Rainham School for Girls and Spencer Rail site engineer Kelli Randall has opened a new £500,000 sixth form block at the school.
Kelli, who left the school in 2008 to begin an apprenticeship, was invited back to the school in Gillingham, Kent, to officially open the new facility and unveil a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion earlier this month (July, 2014).
“Going back to the school was definitely a strange experience,” she said.
“Obviously I felt very proud to be invited back to such an important event for them. I was invited back after the local paper published an article about me being admitted as a technician member to the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
“It was an honour to be asked to represent the school as a role model to younger students and to share with the school what I have achieved since leaving.”
The development has been paid for by school funds and provides space to socialise, including private booths and a large seating area, and, for the first time, sixth formers have their own canteen with separate dining area.
Two classrooms have also been created and a basement floor is also being developed into a computer suite where pupils can study in their own time.