Work has started on a new £12 million school in Rotherham.
Oakwood High School, a 1,050 place secondary school in Moorgate, is to be rebuilt in a project which will see aging and dilapidated buildings replaced.
It is one of 36 schools to be rebuilt in the region as part of the Government’s Priority School Building Programme, worth £2.4 billion, which will address the needs of 260 of the schools in England in the worst condition.
Schools Minister David Laws said: “The start of construction work at Oakwood High School marks a key milestone for the Priority School Building Programme in Rotherham and an exciting phase in the development of the school.
“Delivering great new schools will help to build a stronger economy and a fairer society, so that every young person across the region can get on in life.
“Vital building work is taking place at schools in the worst state across the country. We are making good progress with 20 school buildings now open – 55 under construction and the remaining projects are all in the design or planning stages.”
David Naisbitt, Headteacher of Oakwood High School, said: “Seeing the cutting of the first turf was a really exciting occasion.
“We believe this development will have such a positive impact on the wider community and we look forward to seeing the building evolve over the next 18 months.
“A school environment plays such an important part in the way pupils learn and, by the end of this project, our teaching and learning environment will be truly exceptional.”
Nick Shepherd, Operations Director for Kier, said: “We understand how much these facilities mean to the community in Rotherham, as well as to the school itself.
“We’ll be making every effort during the build to make sure the broader community knows what’s going on and also benefits economically and socially from the work we are doing.”