Smart building makes schoo ol proud
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.
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
Left: Teacher Cathy Martin with Year 7 pupils in the library. Right: Luke Clements and Dale Wallace, both 12
Pupils in the cafeteria
Tom Healey, 14, works on a whiteboard
Stuart Warren and Colyn Gates on the computers
Staff and pupils outside the new block
IT teacher Philippa Weaver with pupils in one of the computer suites