A MULTI-MILLION-POUND transformation of a Sheffield school – while retaining its historical features – has been completed.
Notre Dame Catholic High School, Ranmoor, has a new two-storey building, kitchen and dining facilities as well as a new visitors’ entrance.
Pupils can also now walk between the school’s two blocks under a covered walkway.
And one of the unusual challenges of the refurbishment, carried out by VINCI Construction UK as part of the national Building Schools for the Future programme, was the removal and restoration of a stained glass window.
The window was designed and produced by artist Thomas Earley and presented to the school in 1935.
It reflects the school’s religious links and was an important stage in the redevelopment of the scheme.
Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Pupils are going to benefit so much from the new facilities and it is fantastic that, as well as the much-needed modernisation of the school, its cultural and historical features are being retained.
“This is another tremendous milestone in the Building Schools for the Future programme.”
A large temporary school was put up to accommodate Notre Dame pupils while the new building on Fulwood Road was being built.
The existing 1930s block was simultaneously refurbished in the £8.6m project.
Keith Shivers, a regional director for VINCI, said: “VINCI C is particularly proud to have been able to provide pupils with a fresh, spacious and well-lit learning environment.
“The scheme has transformed the high school into a modern facility, but at the same time it retained its special characteristics such as the stained glass window, making it a unique high school in Sheffield.”
Building Schools for the Future was dubbed the biggest school rebuilding scheme since Victorian times and aimed to create buildings fit for education in the the 21st century.
The programme has now been abolished, but schools in Sheffield to benefit include the new Forge Valley School in Stannington, Bradfield School, King Edward VII School in Broomhill and Birley Community College.
Notre Dame was in the last wave of schools to be revamped in the city.
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