Work has finally started on a huge “new” Huddersfield school.
And staff at All Saints Catholic College could not be more delighted.
They hope the multi-million pound project will give them some of the best facilities in the area.
It will also allow them to expand from the current 650 students to 900.
The new build is taking place on part of the sports fields at the current campus off Bradley Road.
When the new building is completed the old school will be demolished and new sports facilities built on the site.
The school came up with the designs more than three years ago and work has now started on site, with an opening date set for September 2017.
Headteacher Miss Anita Bodurka said: “This is a significant day for All Saints Catholic College.
“Everyone has worked so hard to create a school of which the students, staff, Governors and parents can be proud.
“The existing school has seen many thousands of students come and go and they will all have fond memories of their time at All Saints. But the new school will give the future students a better learning environment to learn in and I am sure they will also leave with very fond memories of their education.”
Once the new school opens, the old building will be demolished and a car park and multi-purpose games area will be built over the footprint.
Miss Bodurka added: “The school’s standards continue to improve with our students making very good progress that is above the national average. The unofficial motto ‘Onwards and upwards’ is more true today than ever before and the future is looking very bright indeed.”
Deputy head Alan Perrons said: “We are currently a school of 650 moving to a school for 900.
“The new build will allow us to offer a much improved learning environment including a four-court sports hall and dance/fitness room that we can also offer to our community in the evenings.
“Our IT infrastructure and resources will be state of the art supporting teaching and learning in all of our classrooms.
“It will be a school that will see All Saints move in to the 21st Century, a school that our students feel proud to attend and the community supports.”