Milestone for £24m new school

Topping Out ceremony at Highfield Humantities College
Topping Out ceremony at Highfield Humantities College
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AN important milestone was reached at Highfield School this week as work on the new £24m school building reached its highest point.

A topping out ceremony to mark the historic point was held for school staff, construction workers and future pupils as they scaled the dizzying heights to the top of the new structure.

Children, who will be Year 7 pupils when the new school is opened in September 2012, joined builders from the Eric Wright Group as they surveyed the progress being made.

Ian Evans, headteacher at the South shore humanities college, was delighted with what he saw.

He said: “The children who have joined us today are likely to see the majority of the developments at Highfield while they are here. It’s great for them to be involved. The finished school will be fantastic not just for Highfield but for the whole of South Shore and Blackpool as a town.

“To have something as unique as this in Highfield will be fantastic for everybody.”

The new school will be three-storeys in height and will totally transform the skyline of the area.

It has also been built further back from the road than the existing one-storey structure.

Bold, colourful glazed tiles have been chosen for the facade of the building which will give it a striking, modern look.

And the inside is set to be equally impressive as the building will boast eight learning zones and a shared learning centre on the ground floor.

There will be a big focus on community space too with a hub for generic learning, seminars and learning support

Work is continuing right through the summer break, and it is hoped the roof will be on and the building watertight in time for winter.

Coun Ivan Taylor, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for education said: “The old school at Highfield has served the community well but it’s past its best.

“Now we are getting a brand new school which will serve generations for the future.

“We are not just doing Highfield, we are also working to improve many schools across Blackpool and have an ambition to continue this work into the future.”

Children have remained in the existing school and will continue to do so throughout the build.

Once finished, the old school will be demolished and the landscaping is set to be complete in January 2013.