Hill Top Specialist Arts College in Gateshead has officially reopened following a £4.4 million rebuild under the Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP).
The existing structure has been completely rebuilt, meaning pupils and those in teaching jobs are now benefiting from specialist teaching areas, a new performance hall, sensory rooms and a post-16 facility.
Hill Top gained specialist arts college status in 2010. It is one of 32 schools in the north-east being rebuilt under the PSBP, five of which are already complete and open, with four more currently under construction.
The rebuild was completed in 11 months, thanks to a successful partnership between the school, Gateshead council, the Education Funding Agency and the contractor Sir Robert McAlpine.
Becky Harrison, executive headteacher at Hill Top Specialist Arts College, said: "We are absolutely delighted with the new school build and feel the building will now truly reflect the high quality of teaching and learning, as well as further enhance it for pupils and staff."
Applications for a second round of PSBP, which is worth around £2 billion, are currently being considered and successful applicants will be confirmed by the end of the year.
Posted by Theo Foulds