Dyke House future becoming a reality

WORK is progressing well on a new-look school and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Dyke House Sports and Technology College in being given a 12.4m make-over that will see it remodelled and rebuilt.

Council chiefs say the demolition work is just about completed and they are on course to hand the building back to the school in December.

The school is the only one in Hartlepool to be modernised under the Government's Building Schools for the Future scheme after hundreds of projects were shelved by the new Government.

The town was set to gain from 104m of work on schools, but projects for English Martyrs School, Manor College of Technology, High Tunstall College of Science and Catcote School, Business and Enterprise College were shelved as part of the Con-Dem coalition Government's cull on spending.

A spokesman for Hartlepool Borough Council said: "We are happy with the way the work is progressing at Dyke House Sports and Technology College and we are currently on schedule to hand the building back to the school in December.

"All the required demolition is virtually completed, including the removal of the old science block.

"The front area around the old main entrance has also been demolished in preparation for the creation of the new entrance which will lead into The Street, which will be the main artery leading into the school and the learning areas."

Pupils from the school have been attending lessons at the former Brierton School site while work is being carried out.

School chiefs were left in limbo until the end of summer after the Department of Education shelved hundreds of schemes and postponed a decision on others, which included Dyke House School.

The Dyke House revamp will include a new main entrance, a wider range of learning spaces, a revamped school hall and new science suites.

There will also be sensory gardens, a vocational suite for 14-to-19 year old diplomas, a student services and information centreand new outdoor sports facilities, including floodlit multi-use games areas.