City school project reaches key milestone

Coming together: Headteachers and guests at the official opening ceremony.
Coming together: Headteachers and guests at the official opening ceremony.
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TWO Sheffield schools are now sharing a campus close to the city centre following the completion of a £26 million rebuilding and refurbishment project.

Pupils from Seven Hills Special School have been rehoused in a new building in the grounds of All Saints RC High School, which has itself been substantially upgraded.

Seven Hills was created following a merger between East Hill Secondary and Oakes Park School and has 120 places.

Teachers, pupils and community representatives attended an official opening ceremony at the campus on Granville road, close to Norfolk Park.

The work was carried out as part of the continuing Building Schools for the Future programme, which has now passed the half way point.

When complete, nearly all the city’s secondary schools will either have been rebuilt or refurbished to the highest standards.

Cabinet member for children and young people, Coun Jackie Drayton, welcomed bringing much of the city’s special needs education together at Seven Hills.

“It is great to see Seven Hills relocated to All Saints, giving all the pupils at both schools wider access to more resources and facilities too.”

All Saints School, which has more than 1,000 secondary pupils, was remodelled and brought up to date.

The redesign included the redevelopment of three out of date teaching blocks, one of which had not been touched since it was installed nearly 50 years ago.

The main hall and gym were still the same as they had been when they were first installed in the early 1960s.

Now a new sports hall has been built, with 10 all-weather mini-soccer pitches. Classrooms were improved.

And the large hall, chapel and gym have been adapted to create dance and drama areas. Other improvements include the adaptation and creation of courtyards, hard play area, teaching terraces, sensory gardens and a science garden.