STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds joined pupils and teachers to celebrate the opening of the new Mossley Hollins High School.
The school has been rebuilt as a result of a £20million grant from the Building Schools for the Future programme.
And on Friday it was officially opened by Tameside Council leader Cllr Kieran Quinn and Executive Member for Lifelong Learning Cllr Ged Cooney.
The opening ceremony was a celebration filled with music, drama and speeches.
But the real star of the show was the stunning building - which was designed with the help of pupils from the school.
As well as traditional learning spaces, the new Mossley Hollins High School features art rooms with panoramic views of the valley, state of the art sports facilities and an outdoor amphitheatre.
And the new building will enable the school's curriculum to be delivered in new and exciting ways.
Following the opening ceremony, MP Jonathan Reynolds said: "This is an outstanding building that is a symbol of our commitment to young people.
"It has been designed to inspire generations of youngsters, now and in the future. And I believe every child should be able to enjoy facilities like these."
Mossley Hollins is one of 10 secondary schools that are being rebuilt or refurbished in Tameside as part of the Labour government's Building Schools for the Future scheme.
But plans to rebuild or refurbish a further seven high schools in the authority had to be axed in July, after the Conservative government withdrew £90million of BSF funding.
Jonathan Reynolds said: "I am delighted to have been able to share in the celebrations at Mossley Hollins High School. But I am sad that not every school in the authority can look forward to the same transformation."
Published March 28, 2011