School revamp complete

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CLASSES are being held in new surroundings after a £2.22million school development was opened.

Glendene School and Community Arts College in Easington Colliery has been remodelled as part of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme.

Now pupils and staff at the special school, which has 175 students aged from two to 19 with autism and a range of learning difficulties, have moved in to the new facilities.

Work included a remodel of the existing school with an extension.

It houses a new sports hall and specialist classrooms which allow for PE and food technology to be delivered on site.

Changes have also improved access, increased the scope for art and digital design and opened up a space so it can provide an exhibition and gallery space as well as new multi-media library facilities.

Durham county councillor Claire Vasey, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Work has transformed this school into a building fit to teach future generations and designed to inspire and encourage young people to want to learn.”

BSF was launched by the Labour Government and scrapped when the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Coalition took office after the last general election.

In addition to Glendene, St Bede’s in Peterlee and Easington Community Science College were among those still allowed to carry on.