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Wednesfield High unveils new sports hall

The first phase of the multi-million-pound transformation of Wednesfield High is complete.

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 school’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 school’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: “The new sporting facilities are state-of-the-art.

“They, 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.

“They are particularly impressive for our new Year 7 students because this is their first experience of the school.”

Second Phase Begins

Work is now underway on the second phase of the transformation of Wednesfield High School, which is undergoing a £14.6m refurbishment as part of Wolverhampton City Council’s £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 – block which, it is hoped, will help give learners the skills which local businesses need.

Wolverhampton North East MP Emma Reynolds said: “I was delighted to open the new Wednesfield High School sports hall.

“This is a very ambitious and exciting development and I’m sure that the school and community will use it to its full potential.

“I 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.”

Councillor Phil Page, Wolverhampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Learning, said: “We 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.”

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.

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