PHASE one of multi-million pound redevelopment plans at one of Sheffield’s most successful schools has been completed – with students and staff now enjoying their new building.
Work at Notre Dame High School, Fulwood Road, Ranmoor, will cost about £9 million to complete.
It is the 16th school to benefit from the £350 million Sheffield Building Schools for the Future programme.
The work was carried out by Vinci Construction UK, which has now handed the completed school back to the staff and students.
A topping-out ceremony is expected to take place at a later date, after an 80-year-old stained glass window is reinstalled in the summer term.
The makeover of the school, which sits in 20 acres of grounds, included the construction of a new accommodation block – not only providing high-quality teaching space, but also a new kitchen and restaurant.
Other improvements included a glazed link providing a covered outdoor space and the creation of a new visitors’ entrance and enhanced pedestrian access to the school.
Jane Willis, headteacher, said: “It seems no time since the building work began, but the results are outstanding. I know I speak for students and staff alike when we say how delighted we are with the outcome.
“It feels like a whole new modern school, while at the same time being able to retain the special features we have always prized.”
Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council cabinet member for children and young people, said: “We are lucky here in Sheffield to still be able to continue with our excellent Building Schools for the Future programme, when other cities have sadly seen similar schemes slip away.
“Pupils and staff alike should be able to work in modern, up-to-date facilities, so it is great to see schools like Notre Dame being completed on time and on budget.”
The project, which began last June, is being completed over four phases.