Pupils celebrate school rebuilding programme
PUBLISHED: 17:17 20 December 2010
Pupils made a huge noise on the final day of term to celebrate the signing of a contract to rebuild their school in the new year.
The first phase of the project at Eltham Hill Technology College, Eltham, will get under way in January 2011, funded through the Government’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.
Education Secretary Michael Gove announced the scrapping of the programme in July as part of government cuts which saw many projects axed, but some 700 new school buildings across the country would still go ahead, which included Eltham Hill.
To celebrate the milestone last Thursday, the college held a special assembly at which staff, students and governors armed with drums sounded a rhythm to ‘drum out the old and drum in the new’.
The project will see three new buildings go up and the full refurbishment of the original 1920s school on the site. There will also be a new sports pitch, landscaping and car parking.
Phase One in January will prepare for the new building at the front of the school (currently the staff car park and entrance area). Then, the existing buildings in the north-east corner of the site close will be demolished to leave space for the new main school building and the new sports hall.
Once finished, the whole school will move into the two new buildings, while the second phase involving demolition work and refurbishment of the 1920s building gets under way. In all, three-quarters of the school’s accommodation will be brand new, while a quarter will be in existing buildings that have been updated. The entire project is expected to be finished in summer 2013.