School’s revamp is taking shape

St Bees school pupils Jake Micallef(cor)(left) and Alex Hudspith pictured opposite one of the new school buildings under construction at the Peterlee site.

St Bees school pupils Jake Micallef(cor)(left) and Alex Hudspith pictured opposite one of the new school buildings under construction at the Peterlee site.

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WORK on a £17.5m school transformation is taking shape.

St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School and Byron Sixth Form College, in Peterlee, is being revamped as part of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project.

Contractors Carillion are carrying out the work on the 40-year-old school, which should be completed by spring next year, ready for the September 2012 intake.

The scheme, which is being carried out in conjunction with Durham County Council and Carillion’s offshoot company called inspired spaces, includes two separate educational establishments within the school and a new sixth form college.

The main structures of the new buildings, which will accommodate about 1,000 students, were completed over the summer.

The project will also include top-class ICT and sports facilities and outdoor learning areas will be enhanced with extensive landscaping and areas for students to relax as well as learn.

Assistant headteacher Paul Dickson said: “It’s really coming on. Over the summer the builders made a lot of progress and you can really see how it’s starting to take shape.

“The students have been incredibly supportive during the main building work and this was commented upon in our excellent Ofsted report earlier this year.

“Results have also improved again this year in the school and in the sixth form which proves how hard everyone has worked to pull together during this exciting phase.”

The school, in Westway, is planning an open evening on Wednesday, September 21, for prospective students.

It will run from 6pm-8pm and will start with a talk from headteacher Paul McKenna in the school gym.

Byron College will hold an open evening on Wednesday, September 28, from 6.30pm-8pm.

All parents and students from all schools across the area are welcome.

For further details, contact the school or college on (0191) 5862291 or email Mr Dickson at p.dickson100@durhamlearning.net