Smart build­ing makes schoo ol proud

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS - by Clare Mul­grew

ABREATH of fresh air has en­veloped the North School in Ash­ford, where new teach­ing fa­cil­i­ties were proudly un­veiled last week. Wide cor­ri­dors, high ceil­ings, coloured glass win­dows and crisp white paint have trans­formed the learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment at the school. Pupils moved into their light, airy, spa­cious new class­rooms af­ter half-term and say they are im­pressed with the changes. Head teacher Les­ley El­lis said: “The chil­dren are all very well­be­haved. “They are very proud of their new build­ing and are tak­ing care of it. “The learn­ing at­mos­phere is fan­tas­tic now.” The whole school site in Es­sella Road is be­ing re­built or re­fur­bished in two phases as part of an £82 mil­lion project in­volv­ing six of the county’s

largest sec­ondary schools. Phase one im­prove­ments

the North in­clude a new can­teen with a wide range of healthy choices, a learn­ing re­source cen­tre with a ca­reers ad­vice of­fice, a hall with a stage, com­puter suites, 24 new class­rooms and a pic­nic area.

Heaven

Li­brar­ian Sheila Houghton is

im­pressed with the re­source cen­tre she de­scribed it as heaven”. The Year 11s are us­ing it so much now be­cause it’s so much eas­ier with the books and com­put­ers all in one spa­cious room,” she said. The school has bought about 200 flat-screen com­put­ers, which are help­ing GNVQ pupils with their graphic de­sign stud­ies. Phase two of the re­fur­bish­ment is due for com­ple­tion in Oc­to­ber and will in­clude a new drama suite, a science block, an all-weather pitch and sports fa­cil­i­ties.

North School head teacher Les­ley El­lis shows off one of the coloured glass win­dows

Queues at the tuck shop

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Left: Teacher Cathy Martin with Year 7 pupils in the li­brary. Right: Luke Cle­ments and Dale Wal­lace, both 12

Pupils in the cafe­te­ria

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Tom Healey, 14, works on a white­board

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Stu­art War­ren and Colyn Gates on the com­put­ers

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Staff and pupils out­side the new block

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IT teacher Philippa Weaver with pupils in one of the com­puter suites

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