A FIRE-RAVAGED school, which lost almost half its buildings in an unsolved arson attack, has reopened after a multi-million pound revamp.
A new chapter in Carleton Community High School’s history began last Friday with the official reopening of its new buildings.
Around £11m was pumped into raising the Green Lane site from the ashes of a raging inferno which devastated the school in October 2008.
Rob Foreman, headteacher, said: “The official reopening was a very proud and significant day. As a school we very much appreciate the support and commitment from Wakefield Council who have ensured that the buildings destroyed by fire were replaced to the highest possible standards.
“Throughout the journey it has been a story of people at all levels, working together for the children of this school community.
“The new building is far more than a fire replacement; its design is innovative with a ‘wow’ factor, particularly the dining facilities, the theatre, the learning resource centre and the superb new sports facilities.”
The blaze four years ago destroyed the school’s administration block, main hall, library, gym, IT classrooms, catering facilities and drama hall.
Pupils were forced to study at various venues across Pontefract, including The King’s School and the racecourse while the school was rebuilt.
Work started last year to replace buildings devastated by the fire, and officials celebrated the unveiling of the new gym, library, classrooms, sports changing rooms, and a state-of- the-art theatre.
Mr Foreman said: “It was good to have representatives from the full range of organisations who have contributed towards our new school building, and being able to say a huge thank you to them all.”
Wakefield Council leader Coun Peter Box and Coun Olivia Rowley, cabinet member for children and young people, helped celebrate the official opening.
Coun Box said: “I’m pleased that the new buildings are now complete and can be used by pupils and staff.
“Our priority has always been the education of the students and I would like to thank parents and the wider school community for their support during what was a challenging time for Carleton Community High School.”