A NEW Wearside school is finally on the way for youngsters.
It’s taken years of waiting, but the first turf has been cut on the new multi-million-pound building for Hetton School.
The students and staff are very excited to watch the development.Headteacher Phil Keay
The North Road school was one of 261 which the Government announced in 2012 needed to be rebuilt.
In the years prior to that, the school was listed in the Building Schools for Future project, which was then scrapped.
This week the first turf on the start of work for the new building was finally cut, and it is hoped it will be open in September 2016.
Bridget Phillipson MP, who fought hard to get a new build for Hetton School, was at the ceremony along with James Stuart-Mills from the Education Funding Agency, Darren Thompson, the project manager from Gailiford Try, Councillor Tony Wilkinson, chairman of governors at the secondary school and its headteacher, Phil Keay.
Mr Keay said: “This has been a long time coming. Obviously, we were delighted to be one of the original schools announced back in May 2012.
“We are nearly three years on from this announcement and work is finally beginning.
“We have a large site which means disruption can be kept to a minimum – it is business as usual.
“The staff and students are very excited to watch the development and September 2016 can’t come soon enough. Hetton School is already rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted. The new-build will help us in our drive for outstanding achievement for all.”
Mrs Phillipson said the new building will make a massive difference to the pupils.