A new two-storey teaching block has been completed at St Mary’s College in West Hull, providing an additional 300 pupil places.
The extension is part of a programme of works to increase the number of secondary school places for children across the city, and improve the quality of the learning environment.
Hull City Council, in partnership with Hull Esteem Consortium and their local delivery partners Geo Houlton, have now handed the extension over to St Cuthbert’s RC Academy Trust.
The new building accommodates a further 300 children; an increase of 60 pupil places in Year 7 over five years. It includes 16 additional classrooms, two ICT rich classrooms, an extension to the kitchen and dining room, and improvements to the car park and bus drop off area.
Councillor Peter Clark, portfolio holder for learning and skills said: “We want to ensure that as many children as possible have access to their preferred schools, and that we continue to give our children the best education possible in the best possible learning environment.
“This new teaching block extension follows on from the recently opened extension at Kelvin Hall school and is part of a £19.84m investment by the council, under the city-wide Schools Capital Programme.”
Ged Fitzpatrick, Executive Headteacher of St. Mary’s College, said: “We are delighted with this addition to our world class facilities, which will enable us to offer an outstanding level of education to more young people.
“I would like to thank the teams involved and all our partners for their hard work and commitment to our vision of education, which values both exceptional academic outcomes and the development of young people in the broadest sense. The brilliant design and determined construction of this building, in such challenging circumstances, will enable us to make that vision a reality for many years to come.”
This is the third education scheme Hull Esteem Consortium has delivered in 2020 on behalf of the council, creating thousands of additional pupil places for the city’s next generation.
Gavin Barley, General Manager at Hull Esteem, said: “Despite the challenges faced this year, the teams have pulled together to deliver much-needed additional space for pupils and staff at St Mary’s College. It’s a quality building and one we can all be proud of.”