A state-of-the-art sports facility has officially been unveiled at Wednesfield High School.
Wolverhampton North East MP Emma Reynolds cut the ribbon to declare the schoolâ€™s new sports hall, changing rooms and community entrance open.
It also marked the completion of the first phase of the multi-million-pound transformation of the school. It began in April and has also seen the development of a new Performance Zone which includes specialist teaching spaces for Music, Drama and PE. The schoolâ€™s new dining room and sixth form base complete the first phase.
The sports hall will serve the local community and Claire Evans, Headteacher of Wednesfield High School, said: â€œThe new sporting facilities are state-of-the-art.
â€œThey, along with the rest of the improvements which have already been carried out at our school, have been greeted enthusiastically by students, staff and visitors alike.
â€œThey are particularly impressive for our new Year 7 students because this is their first experience of the school.â€
Second Phase Begins
Work is now underway on the second phase of the transformation of Wednesfield High School, which is undergoing a Â£14.6m refurbishment as part of Wolverhampton City Councilâ€™s Â£270m Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.
Much of the old frontage has already been removed from the Lichfield Road school to make way for a new engineering hall, a 170-seater lecture theatre and several science laboratories and teaching rooms. There will also be a new STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths â€“ block which, it is hoped, will help give learners the skills which local businesses need.
Wolverhampton North East MP Emma Reynolds said: â€œI was delighted to open the new Wednesfield High School sports hall.
â€œThis is a very ambitious and exciting development and Iâ€™m sure that the school and community will use it to its full potential.
â€œI congratulate all those involved in the project and welcome the continued BSF investment into our schools. The new buildings at Wednesfield High School are excellent, and the learning spaces which are being created will mean students have the very best facilities.â€
Councillor Phil Page, Wolverhampton City Councilâ€™s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Learning, said: â€œWe are committed to delivering the kind of transformation in secondary schools we always envisaged and this is a massive investment in education, skills and the local economy that Wednesfield – and Wolverhampton – deserves.â€
The work is being carried out Wolverhampton-based support services and construction company Carillion, which is the lead contractor for the BSF programme, and is due to be complete by June 2012.