High school reaches key phase in build

Chair of Governors Trevor Welden, deputy head Ron Hinshaw, members of Galliford Try project team and pupils.

Chair of Governors Trevor Welden, deputy head Ron Hinshaw, members of Galliford Try project team and pupils.

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Pupils and staff from Bedlingtonshire Community High school celebrated a key phase in the construction of its new school building on Palace Road with a ‘topping out’ ceremony.

The ceremony marks the stage when the construction works reach the highest point of the new £10m building, which is being built as part of the Education Funding Agency’s Priority School Building Programme.

The school is due to open in September 2016 and will provide a purpose-built, educational facility for 820 students, as well as providing high-quality sports facilities which will be used as a Community Sports Club in association with Active Northumberland.

Chair of Governors, Trevor Weldon, said: “The new school will provide a stimulating, happy and safe environment for students for many years to come.”

Deputy head teacher, Ron Hinshaw, added: “We are delighted with the progress of the new school and we are excited about the future.

“We believe the new school will help us to build upon the outstanding examination results achieved in 2015.”

In the coming months the school intends to invite parents and local partners to visit the site.

Visit www.bchs.uk.net for building updates.