Students return to new £20m rebuilt secondary

Parkwood Academy's brand new building.
Parkwood Academy's brand new building.

PUPILS at a Sheffield secondary have started their summer term in style – moving into a new £20 million campus which heralds the start of a new era.

The new Parkwood Academy in Shirecliffe has been designed as a high-tech school of the future with the latest computer equipment and facilities installed throughout.

A key feature of the school is a state-of-the-art learning resource centre with a wide range of technology to support teachers and students.

The move has seen the completion of the first phase to changes on the campus on Longley Avenue West and Penrith Road.

Work on the whole project will be completed by September, following completion of the multi-use sports facilities and a complete landscaping of the entire site.

The original school – which has been in use for more than 70 years – will eventually be demolished.

Principal Mike Westerdale said both the new building and equipment were impressive.

He said: “This is a fantastic week for the Parkwood community, I have been described by staff as a proud new father such is the quality of the new build.

“The academy’s new facilities are stunning. The building work is on schedule and this is the first major transformation completed.

“Our students and staff can now start to enjoy the well deserved benefits of a new academy, including the latest computer and classroom equipment.

“By September the whole complex will be complete and this huge investment will be in place for the benefit of generations of students and the local community.”

Mr Westerdale said the aim was to create a local community academy, with new sports and leisure facilities supported and used by local people.

There is also a new community classroom to run courses for adults in the area.

The new school has more places than before and it is hoped it will attract new students from a wider area.

Staff have been set a goal of achieving Ofsted outstanding status within two years.

Mr Westerdale said: “We’re still able to offer places to new students.

I’d encourage anyone interested in attending the academy to contact us and come with parents or carers to visit the new facilities. I know they will be impressed.”