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Forge Valley almost ready for its big day

Nearly ready: Final work is being carried out on the Forge Valley Community School in Stannington, Sheffield, ready for its opening in September.                           Photo by Chris Lawton.

Nearly ready: Final work is being carried out on the Forge Valley Community School in Stannington, Sheffield, ready for its opening in September. Photo by Chris Lawton.

THIS is Sheffield’s newest school - now just over a month away from its opening in September.

Forge Valley Community School has been created by merging Myers Grove and Wisewood secondaries, a controversial move which protest groups bitterly opposed.

But work on the new £26.5 million school in Stannington is now almost complete, thanks to funding from the city’s Building Schools for the Future programme.

The school will teach 1,050 youngsters aged from 11 to 16, with a further 300 students in the sixth form.

The school has a main teaching block plus a separate sports complex and a biomass boiler house.

The main block has three to four storeys of teaching accommodation arranged around a central atrium and an adjacent performance hall.

A group of 25 pupils from Dinnington Secondary in Rotherham were given a sneak preview of Forge Valley as part of an engineering science project.

Vinci Construction, which is managing the building of the new school, arranged for the Year 11 pupils to visit in conjunction with Mott McDonald and Sheffield Hallam University.

Vinci’s regional director Keith Shivers said: “This was a one off opportunity to get youngsters to experience first hand how they can apply what they have learned in the classroom to the real world.”

 

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