Work starts on new school in Longbenton

Work has started on a new state-of-the-art school in Longbenton.

Construction teams moved onto the site of the new Longbenton Community College.

The new school – to replace the existing buildings at the college – will open in September 2016 with the aim of making it easier to get around the campus.

Longbenton Community College is one of four borough schools – along with John Spence High School, Marden High and Whitehouse Primary – in the Government-funded Priority Schools Building Programme, which is seeing at least £30m spent on these new schools over the next two years.

There will be no disruption to learning as pupils will stay in their existing buildings until the new schools are complete.

Contractor Galliford Try has been appointed as main contractor for the Longbenton project and works have commenced with the demolition of the former City Learning Centre and sports hall buildings.

Although the work will mean the school will no longer have a Sports’ Hall, pupils will continue to have the use of two gyms and other indoor facilities for PE.

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “I’m very pleased that work has started at Longbenton to deliver this wonderful new school.

“Our young people are receiving high quality education and in September next year this will be taking place in a state-of-the-art building with facilities that are second to none.”