SHADOW Education Secretary Ed Balls joined Jonathan Reynolds MP for a sneak preview of the new school at Mossley Hollins.
Mossley Hollins High School, which is due to open in February, is being rebuilt as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme.
The £20million building - which has been designed with the help of pupils from the school - has been specially designed to meet the needs of the school's curriculum
And as well featuring traditional learning spaces, it includes art rooms with panoramic views, state of the art sports facilities and an outdoor amphitheatre.
Mr Reynolds and Mr Balls were given a tour of the new building by headteacher Drew Duncan and students who have played a key role in the design process.
"We've all watched the construction of the school from across the valley over the past 18 months with some interest ," said Mr Reynolds.
"The school already looks spectacular from the outside. And it was great to get this rare glimpse of a school taking shape on the inside.
"With five months to go until the project is complete, there is obviously still a lot of work to do - but it's already clear that this is going to be a facility Mossley can be proud of.
"The student involvement in this process is striking. And it is clear that every part of the school has been designed and built to meet the particular educational needs of Mossley Hollins High School.
"Even in its half-complete state, begins to set the standard for Tameside and gives us a glimpse of how our schools should be in the 21st century."
Mossley Hollins is one of 10 secondary schools that are being rebuilt or refurbished 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 Tameside had to be axed in July, after the Conservative government withdrew £90million of BSF funding.
Jonathan Reynolds says parents across the authority will now look at Mossley Hollins and ask why they can't have the same standard of facilities.
"I think people are going to look at Mossley Hollins and the other new schools being planned and - whether they are a child, a teacher or a parent - they will expect that standard. And they should be able to have it.
"Of course there is some outstanding teaching in all of our secondary schools. But all our teachers and our pupils deserve the first class facilities they have worked towards and had been promised."
Published September 13, 2010