Relocated school is officially re-opened

Andy Johnson, head of education, executive head John Barnes, Councillor Susan Dungworth, chair of Governors at Whytrig and Ronnie Campbell MP.
Andy Johnson, head of education, executive head John Barnes, Councillor Susan Dungworth, chair of Governors at Whytrig and Ronnie Campbell MP.
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A relocated south east Northumberland school has been officially opened at its new site.

In September, the Seaton Delaval-based Whytrig School and its 180 pupils moved into a renovated block on the nearby Astley High School campus.

The move enabled the students to share and enjoy some of the high school’s facilities while enabling funding to be directed into frontline teaching and education resources.

Following the move, the middle school pupils are benefitting from the use of the specialist science labs, art rooms, ICT facilities, design technology and food technology resources.

They also have access to the sports facilities, including a sports hall and a swimming pool.

Whytrig Community Middle School and Astley Community High School, along with Seaton Sluice Middle School, form the Seaton Valley Federation of Schools, and are overseen by one governing body.

The Whytrig move was instigated by the school’s governing body, who felt it would strengthen the strong links already achieved through the federation and shared headteacher, and provide the opportunity to reduce costs and direct increased funding into educational resources and provision.

Coun Susan Dungworth, chairman of the school governing body, said: “As governors we felt the proposal to move Whytrig Middle School onto the Astley High School site would guarantee the quality education we want for all the young people of Seaton Delaval.

“It also allowed us to leave a building that was no longer fit for purpose and move into these excellent new facilities .”

Andy Johnson, Northumberland’s new director of education, who opened the new building, said: “I am delighted to open the new school building. There has been an element of change for pupils, staff and parents, and I know that change is not always easy.

“I believe that now that everyone has settled into the new building the benefits of the move are really beginning to be felt.

“The school has held a number of open days for parents so they can have a look around the new premises and the feedback that we have received from them has been very positive.”