Official launch of revamped school

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Thechampagne reception

A CHAMPAGNE reception was held to officially open a revamped secondary school.

Dyke House Sports and Technology College, in Mapleton Road, Hartlepool, has been transformed thanks to the £12.4m Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme.

The school opened its doors in January, but a champagne reception was held last night to mark the official launch.

School headteacher Andrew Jordon said: “The official launch was a chance to invite people involved in the process from the very beginning to have a good look around and for us to officially say the building is open.

“Those at the launch included councillors, representatives from the BSF team and officers from the education team at the local authority. I am very pleased with how the building looks, but I am also excited about how the building works in terms of the pupils behaviour and the sense of purpose it is giving the young people to enhance their learning.”

More than a quarter of the building has been rebuilt with the rest extensively remodelled.

The centre of the old building has been stripped out and replaced with a new “street” area that links the reception to the school hall, complete with a new science area.

Throughout the building, old classrooms have been knocked through to create large open-plan teaching areas.

During the course of the evening, invited guests were given a tour of the new building, had the opportunity to sample some of the new technology and to interact with pupils working in the new “school within a school” system.

Each group will remain with the same set of teachers for all five years in their area of the building and each area has its own open-plan teaching spaces and traditional classrooms.

Mr Jordon also praised the main contractors, Balfour Beatty and Northgate, for their efforts.

The school, which was built in 1938, moved to the former Brierton Comprehensive site, in Catcote Road, during the revamp which started in September 2010.