Students and staff at Astley Sports College showed off their new look classrooms and brand new Science block when MP Jonathan Reynolds visited to mark the official completion of the £7.2m refurbishment.
The school's new state of the art science block will enable students to have much broader access to practical science than in the past. It was built as part of a package of improvements that also included a new entrance hall, new windows, new furniture and new carpets.
Today (September 19) Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds was given a tour of the school, to mark the official completion of the refurbishment. Then he was quizzed by the school's team of Junior and Senior Prefects about his role as MP and as Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change.
Commenting on the visit to Astley Sports College, Mr Reynolds said: "Schools are at the heart of our communities and their facilities should inspire and enable the next generation to fulfil their potential - in and out of the classroom.
"I am delighted to have been asked to officially mark the completion of these new facilities at Astley Sports College, which teachers, parents and pupils are rightly proud of.
"The laboratories in the new science block will offer state of the art learning to pupils, that will encourage them to look at Science in an exciting way.
"I believe practical Science brings the subject to life - and I hope these laboratories will ignite a life-long interest in Science for pupils at Astley.
"Indeed, I also hope that these facilities will equip pupils with the skills needed for many of our emerging industries who will be looking to recruit bright and talented young scientists in the future."
Whilst the Science block is the only new building within school, the work that has been completed has been designed to create a positive learning environment around the rest of school will help Astley build on its GCSE exam results.
This year the school recorded the highest percentage of students leaving with five or more A*-C grades, with even better results being forecast for 2015.
Associate Deputy Headteacher Adi Smale said: "Following the opening of half of the refurbishment earlier in the year, students took immense pride in their classroom environment and we can only see this sense of pride developing into every lesson every day. This feels like a very exciting time to be part of Astley's school community.”
Published 30 September, 2014