The construction of a brand-new school at The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College in Hartlepool is ahead of schedule and set to open on time in September 2019.

The work to build the three-floor facility at EMS started earlier in the year, and, once completed will replace the ageing building which the school currently uses.

The school was a successful applicant in the second phase of the Government’s Priority Building Schools Programme.  It joins four other schools in the North East who share the £67 million worth of funding.

The new school, which is situated behind the current school, will bring bigger teaching spaces, new and improved facilities and a safer environment for the students that attend the school.

The bigger site will also increase the schools capacity, increasing the current total of students by one hundred.

Stephen Hammond, Headteacher was keen to express his delight at the progress that is being made on the project.

He said: “Everything is progressing excellently and with the lovely summer weather we are actually a week or two ahead of schedule.”

“The builders have been brilliant with us. We have been totally unaffected throughout the build so far and I thank them for that immensely.”

Speaking about the current school buildings, Mr Hammond said: “To say that the current school buildings are no longer fit for purpose is an understatement.”

They’re two school buildings which have been combined into one, with neither being designed to cope with the number of students that we teach.”

Mr Hammond went on to say: “Using old buildings like these, which are functioning over capacity, leads to all sorts of problems, such as corridors, which are too narrow, becoming blocked. This new building will sort problems like that.”

Demolition work on the current building will commence in September 2019 once the staff and students have transitioned into the new site.

Mr Hammond explained: “By the summer of 2020, these old buildings will have been raised to the ground and then completely re-turfed.”

“By that point, everything will be completed and we’re all looking forward to it.”

To get a feel of what the new build will look like when complete, have a look through the digital flythrough below.