New name for rebuilt £14million school

Seaham School of Technology pupils visit the site of their new school
Seaham School of Technology pupils visit the site of their new school
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A new name for a new school could be in place as classes welcome students for the first time.

Seaham School of Technology is being replaced by a new £14million building on the former Seaham Colliery site off Station Road.

The development is well under way, with the steelwork now in place on the plot, with work scheduled to be complete by September next year.

A group of year 5 and 6 students have already made a trip to the site to see how construction is developing.

As preparations are made to move from Burnhall Drive on the Northlea estate - which gave the school its original name - the school’s leaders have proposed the new school could be given a new name to mark the next chapter in its history.

Deputy headteacher Geoff Lumsdon said: “It’s quite exciting, we can’t wait.

“We are looking to change the school’s name, because it was a technology college with a special status in the past and it’s not really a technology school now.

“We’ve been asking our students, parents and staff to come up with something different and a panel of governors will take the decision.

“We’ve had all sorts suggested so far, some like Seaham School, others have said Seaham Community School, Seaham Comprehensive, Byron School, we’ve had some say Seaham Colliery School, Seaham High and High Colliery.

“I think quite a few have said they would like to see it mention the colliery because we will be on the colliery site.”

A change to the uniform, such as a different tie or badge, could also be brought in, although Mr Lumsdon added students have said they would like to see the outfit remain largely unchanged.

The new school is being built under the last Government’s Priority School Building Programme and is one of 12 being rebuilt across the region as part of a £156million project.

Hetton School, Hylton Castle Primary and Shiney Row Primary are also part of the same scheme, which aims to replace those in the worst condition.