The doors of Manor Community Academy’s new building have now opened to delighted pupils and staff following a £14million investment.
Manor Community Academy, which has been sponsored by the Northern Education Trust since March 2015, has been rebuilt under the Government’s Priority School Build Programme.
Staff have eagerly anticipated the new building since the project was confirmed in May 2014 and work began in the following October.
Head boy Christopher Gregory, head girl Sarah McKie, deputy head boy Ben Rutherford and deputy head girl Olivia Stanton turned the key to the entrance and were the first to step foot into the brand new academy.
Staff and students at the academy are now using the building, which features facilities including a specialist performing arts area, state of the art science and technology rooms and a carefully designed area for students with special educational needs.
Originally built in 1966, the old building is 50 years old this year. The school currently has 1,130 pupils with the new building suitable for a capacity of 1,250.
The academy’s principal, Anne Malcolm, said that the project will be officially completed in September when the old building is pulled down and the front of the academy is landscaped. The school will be officially opened in October and members of the public will be invited to come along to have a look around.
She said: “I could not be happier with this building. It is everything we asked for and already feels like Manor. “Our students and staff deserve to work in this vibrant environment.
“We have achieved a great deal in recent years, despite working in a building, which was no longer fit for purpose; the sky is now the limit as we continue to go from strength to strength.”