Building for the future – students visit site of new South Tyneside sixth form

Whitburn CoE Academy pupils are shown the new sixth form centre, with Brims Construction's Malcolm Hedley, centre.
Whitburn CoE Academy pupils are shown the new sixth form centre, with Brims Construction's Malcolm Hedley, centre.

A SOUTH Tyneside school is laying down firm foundations for the future – with building work on a new sixth form building under way.

Whitburn Church of England Academy students took a break from lessons to visit the construction site of the new facility, which is due to open in September.

The building is now well under way, with the structural steel in place and the pre-set concrete floors having been laid.

Malcom Hedley, from Brims Construction, gave an on-site talk to prospective sixth form students – including some of those who are interested in pursuing a future career in construction.

The building will house the academy’s first-ever sixth form, which will accommodate up to 280 pupils.

Lee Craggs, head of Sixth Form at the Rackly Way academy, said: “We are very happy with the number and quality of applications we’ve already had for the 140 places available in Year 12.

“Now that the new building is really taking shape, excitement is growing about the sixth form.”