High Storrs unveils £27m new look

High Storrs School which has recently undergone refurbishment. New buildings attached to the old with walkthrough bridge
High Storrs School which has recently undergone refurbishment. New buildings attached to the old with walkthrough bridge
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One of Sheffield’s most recently rebuilt schools has unveiled its brand new £27 million look.

Construction work has been completed in and around High Storrs School on Ringinglow Road as part of the ambitious Building Schools for the Future programme.

The school has been rebuilt by Vinci Construction UK as part of a multi-million project to transform the campus, which has been on the same site for almost eight decades.

Council leaders, local dignitaries and pupils past and present turned up at the open day at the refurbished and extended school.

It is the latest in a series of secondary schools in the city to be completely rebuilt or refurbished as part of the BSF programme.

The main Grade II-listed building was reopened earlier this year after work was completed to upgrade the distinctive 1930s art deco structure.

The entrance and reception areas were restored by a team of specialist architects to reflect the school as it would have looked when it first opened almost 80 years ago. The project also included returning the main assembly hall, the adjoining wings and the stage to their former glory.

A metallic sculpture also snakes its way through the school while interactive whiteboards have been fitted in every classroom.

Work has now completely finished on the last part of its construction phase, which included the sports hall extension.

Headteacher Ian Gage said: “It is great to now be working in the finished project.

“We count ourselves as very lucky to have such a modern and up to date school thanks to the BSF programme, while at the same time being able to keep the fabulous and distinctive exterior façade which makes this building stand out from any other school.

“It is a great building to work in and one which I know our students are very proud to be part of.”

Cabinet member for children, young people and families Coun Jackie Drayton said: “I was able to see for myself the fabulous work that has gone into creating this school at the open day.

“It is a great facility and is a great asset to the city.

“We are lucky here in Sheffield to still be able to continue with this BSF programme, when it has been halted in other areas.

“I for one am pleased to see the fruits of all our hard work coming together in these great new and refurbished buildings across the city.”

n For more photos see the two-page School Spotlight feature in next Tuesday’s Class Act eight-page schools pullout.