£1billion of new schools open to pupils in Barnsley

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A BUILDING programme worth £1 billion has been completed in South Yorkshire - with the handing over of three new schools.

Horizon Community College, Holy Trinity and Netherwood in Barnsley are all Advanced Learning Centres and were funded through the Building Schools for the Future programme.

They take the number constructed under the programme to 11.

Horizon Community College replaces Holgate School and Sports College and Kingstone School and boasts a purpose-built theatre seating 420 people.

Holy Trinity is a joint faith school for children aged three to 16 and replaces Holy Cross Deanery C of E Primary, St Dominic’s Catholic Primary and St Michael’s Catholic and C of E School.

Netherwood replaces Foulstone and Darfield School of Creative Arts and Wombwell High and has 1,800 pupils.

Coun Tim Cheetham, Barnsley council cabinet spokesperson for children, young people and families, said: “All schools have been delivered on time, on budget and to a high standard.”

The other schools built as part of the project are Darton College, Penistone Grammar ALC, The Dearne ALC, Carlton Community College, Kirk Balk Community College, Shafton ALC, Springwell Community School and Greenacre School.

Nick Bowen, principal of the Horizon Community College, said: “Now that all the staff are finally in the building, there is an incredible buzz around the place.

“Staff are exceptionally positive about this amazing opportunity. Horizon Community College looks absolutely stunning. We are all up for doing transformational and inspirational work here.”