A SCHOOL ravaged by fire has officially risen from the flames after youngsters moved into its £11 million replacement.
Children are now enjoying lessons in the new Campsmount Technology College two-and-a-half years after its predecessor was destroyed in a massive blaze.
The new £10.9 million secondary in Ryecroft Road, Norton, is the first in the UK to be built under new Government plans to streamline school building project after the Building Schools for the Future scheme was shelved.
Teachers started moving in over the Easter break, followed by sixth formers and the rest of the year groups.
Headteacher Andy Sprakes said: “It is a big thing moving into a school and I’m sure there will be issues. But we are very pleased and thrilled to bits with the building.
“The students have been involved with the design and some even did some brickwork.
“I will tell them they need to respect the amazing resource we’ve been provided.”
Since the accidental fire in December 2009 pupils had been taught in temporary classrooms.
The new school includes 7,500 sq m of education facilities comprising the main school building, new access roads and new multi-use sports pitches, which will be open for community use.
Mayor Peter Davies said Campsmount would be used as a flag bearer for future school construction projects.
He added: “It’s great that the school’s been built at such speed since it was approved last year.
“I’m over-the-moon about the reopening. It’s been a difficult time but they’ve come through it with great aplomb.
“The school have continued to turn out good results even from temporary classrooms and an unusually difficult situation. The school is really going from strength to strength.”
Wates Construction was the contractor.
Phil Harrison, managing director, said: “I would like to wish all at Campsmount the best of luck for the future.”