CAMPSMOUNT School beckoned in a new era as diggers finally moved in to start rebuilding the fire-ravaged school.
The school was partially destroyed by a blaze in December 2009 and pupils are currently being taught in mobile buildings at the Norton site.
But the construction of a £10 million replacement building started yesterday with a ground-breaking ceremony.
Headteacher Andy Sprakes, Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies, councillor in charge of children’s services Andrea Milner and David Price, of builders Wates Construction, took part in the event.
Landscaping, access roads and sports pitches are also part of the scheme.
The new school should be completed February 2012.
The original school building was substantially destroyed when an electrical fault led to a major fire. Pupils have been in temporary accommodation since March last year.
Last September, the Government announced that Campsmount would be rebuilt and go forward as a pilot scheme to test some of the areas being explored as part of the Department for Education’s ongoing Capital Review.
Working with Partnerships for Schools, the school rebuilding team, has undertaken new procurement procedures that speed up and simplify the process, intended to save the taxpayer money.
This will see work on sites starting within six months of schemes being given the go ahead.
Mr Sprakes said: “Everyone is very excited about the start of the building work at Campsmount.
“The design is fantastic and we are looking forward to watching the construction of the new Campsmount over the next 12 months.”
Mayor Mr Davies said: “The Campsmount project has made tremendous progress since the Government approved the scheme last September.”