School rebuilding reaches high point
IT HAS been six years in the planning.
And for pupils at Kelvin Hall School, the wait is nearing an end.
Construction workers, pupils and staff from the Bricknell Avenue school in west Hull held a topping out ceremony to mark the building reaching its highest point.
It is due to be completed next year and open to pupils at Easter.
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It will be the sixth school to be completed under the multi-million pound Building Schools For The Future (BSF) programme in the city.
Costing £27 million, pupils will benefit from modern classrooms, a learning resource centre, a big performance hall, arts, music and drama facilities as well as a set of Hellerup stairs.
They are a wide staircase creating a centrepiece in the middle of the school that pupils can use as seating during classes and at break times.
Head teacher Sarah Smythe said: "The new building will be a fantastic asset to the school and to the local community, so I am very much looking forward to celebrating its progress so far.
"The topping out ceremony has been a great chance for us to show off the excellent facilities we will be able to offer our students in the near future."
At the topping out ceremony a small evergreen branch was attached to the top of the building to celebrate its growth and attract good spirits.
Councillor Phil Webster, portfolio holder for BSF, said: "This is another milestone in the BSF programme and the topping out ceremony is a wonderful way to celebrate this latest achievement.
"Once finished, the school will provide a superb state-of-the-art facility for the whole community to benefit from and enjoy."
The topping out ceremony was held in the same week pupils from the new Christopher Pickering Primary School in Burnham Road, west Hull, celebrated their new building.
Youngsters from the school were given the rare chance to draw on the walls as they signed steel beams with their names and good wishes for the future.
The £12 million primary school will be for 420 pupils as well as having 40 places for pupils from Ganton Special School's primary department, 40 places for primary age pupils from the Education Service For The Hearing And Visually Impaired and a 48-place children's centre.
Construction is due to finish next August.