Out with the old...

Work to demolish the redundant buildings of the original school is nearing completion with the final block set to be bulldozed next week.

Since demolition began on Thursday 7th January it has taken only one month for three former teaching blocks to be consigned to the history books. ‘E Block’ (Design Technology and Drama) was the first to go, followed by ‘F Block’ (Languages, Geography, Music, Dance and IT) then ‘D Block’ (Art, Science and History). During the recent half term break the old Sports Hall was also levelled, leaving only the ‘C Block’ (English, Maths, Science and IT) left to face its inevitable fate. 

Between September 2015 and this February’s half term, ‘C Block’ was used as temporary accommodation for History and ICT classes plus various offices including the school’s main office.  This temporary measure was necessary whilst we awaited the completion of the extensive refurbishments to the spaces in the old building which would eventually house these facilities. As of this Monday (22nd February) these new spaces have now opened. Please click here to read more about the refurbishment.

On Friday 12th February, the final lessons were taught in C Block – bringing an end to 60 years of continuous education in the original 1950s building. 

Please see below for a selection of pictures taken throughout the demolition process. More pictures and video footage will follow in due course.

Students from Miss Aitken's Year 8 History group became the final class to be taught in the original school.


A final act of rebellion! The students leave a temporary mark on the soon to be knocked down 'C Block'.

 


'E Block' (Design Technology) under demolition on Wednesday 13th January 2016.



The digger claws at the rubble of 'E Block' on Wednesday 13th January 2016.


The control room is all that's left of the Drama Studio / Dance Studio in 'F Block' on Friday 15th January 2016


The digger's claw tackles the roof of old languages classrooms in 'F Block' on Wednesday 20th January 2016.


Look closely and you may just make out the remains of the old Lecture Theatre. F Block', Wednesday 20th January 2016.


An eerie shot of the last standing section of 'F Block'. Friday 22nd January 2016.


Demolition of 'D Block' (Science and History) well under way on Tuesday 9th February 2016.


'D Block' is almost gone by later in the day on Tuesday 9th February. To the left, 'C Block' awaits the same inevitable fate.


The last section standing of 'D Block' on Wednesday 10th February 2016.  


Wednesday 20th January and a drone captures the view of the site from above. By this point, all of
'E Block' has gone and work is well under way on the demolition of 'F Block' (bottom right). Drone imagery
courtesy of Steve Medcalf.


Another image from the drone, this time taken on Monday 22nd February 2016. By this stage D, E and F blocks have
all gone, as has the old Sports Hall. C Block will soon be following them in to the history books. Image courtesy of
Steve Medcalf.