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New education block opens at Tenbury High School
6:09am Thursday 10th July 2014 in News
A £2 MILLION teaching block has been officially opened marking a new era for Tenbury High School.
The new block was completed earlier in the year and has been used for several months but officials converged upon the school for the official commemoration of the improvement.
Parts of Tenbury High School date back more than 50 years although there have been a number of changes in the past decades.
But the new £1.8 million state of the art teaching facility is the biggest single investment in the school.
It comes as Tenbury High School continues with a programme to get back on track after being put into special measures at the end of last year because of a record of inconsistent performance in maths and English.
The first big test for the headmaster Adrian Price, who took over last September, and his team will come next month when the results of the latest GCSE results are announced.
The new facility is being used used to teach English and Maths to the 409 students at the school. Construction work took nine months to complete.
The two storey block includes eight class rooms as well as small study areas where smaller groups of students can work.
It also includes basic kitchen facilities.
The class rooms are fitted out with the latest projection equipment with not a black board or piece of chalk to be seen.
Special equipment means that there is a constant temperature regardless of the time of the year and even the lamps adjust according to the lighting conditions outside.
There is also a large room with a partition that can be removed to allow a bigger meeting area or conference facilities.
The classroom block replaces several portable classrooms that have been a feature at the school for a good number of years.
Tenbury High School dates back to the 1960s but has benefitted from a series of extensions and improvements in the past decade including a new sports hall and science block, as well as refurbishment of the restaurant.
Harriett Baldwin, the MP for West Worcestershire that includes Tenbury, has given her support to the team involved in getting the school, that has recently achieved academy status, back on track.
She described the formal opening of the new education block as being symbolic of a new era.
The MP was a guest at the celebrations to mark the opening of new facilities which will improve the teaching of English and Maths at the school.
She praised the local community which contributed nearly £50,000 to the project which will give local pupils new buildings and additional space.
“These are very impressive new facilities and I am sure they will be welcomed by the current students and many generations to come,” said Mrs Baldwin.