EXCITING plans for a new state-of-the-art Hartlepool secondary school went on show to the parents and the public.
Manor College of Technology is one of three town schools that is to set to be rebuilt or completely refurbished costing £19m.
As well as improving sports and classroom facilities for pupils, the new building, due for completion in less than two years, will also play a key part in the local community.
School head Anne Malcolm said the current building is “well past its sell by date”.
“This building was graded the worst condition in Hartlepool when the Building Schools for the Future programme started and it has got no better,” she said.
Mrs Malcolm added: “It is too small, the roof leaks. I don’t think you can measure the improvement that the new building will bring.
“This is going to be a state-of-the-art 21st Century building.”
The current school was designed for 800 pupils but there are currently 1,171 on the school roll.
Construction firm Kier have been awarded the contract to build the new school on its current site in Owton Manor Lane.
Refurbishing the existing site was deemed too expensive and would not provide value for money.
A planning is due to be lodged with Hartlepool Borough Council by Monday.
But Kier say comments received after then will still be considered.
Phase one will see the building of the new three-storey school which is due to start in September.
The second phase involves the demolition of the old building and creation of new sports pitches.
The existing sports hall will also be refurbished to include a fitness suite and dance studio.
“It is an exciting opportunity for the whole community.
“It is not just going to be a school, we are also going to have a really active community zone.
“As well as the sports fields we hope to make classrooms available for adult learning, local meetings and events.”
The existing school will continue to run normally while the building work is going on and Kier say disruption will be kept to a minimum.
The firm said: “Care and attention has gone into the design phase in terms of the building size, height and mass to ensure that the new building blends into the existing site and its surroundings.
“The new school building will actually be set back of Owton Manor Lane providing a better site context in terms of the surrounding properties.”
Manor College of Technology, Barnard Grove Primary School and Holy Trinity C of E Primary School are all benefiting from the Government’s multi-million pound Priority Schools Building Programme.