Newquay students who started term at a Newquay Tretherras this autumn are benefiting from 24 brand new modern classrooms.
Building work on the two storey building was completed in time for the start of September 2019.
The building, named The Quay, provides students, teachers and staff with a state-of-the-art educational building, on the existing Newquay Tretherras site.
The Quay includes 24 specialist classrooms for teaching Maths, English, PE and Computer Science, an activity studio, changing facilities and offices.
The Quay’s multi-purpose hall also includes a new canteen which can be transformed into a theatre to seat 300 students for assemblies and performances.
During the summer break, representatives of BAM Construction handed over The Quay to NET (Newquay Education Trust) Directors in time for the school to prepare for the new academic year.
The 1950s building, affectionately known as the ‘Junior End’, which The Quay replaces, is now closed off and is in the process of being demolished.
The main school building also has had significant improvements. Existing classrooms have been refurbished, and additional facilities been made for science laboratories and media suites.
An all-weather sports pitch has also been under construction, replacing the outdated astro pitch and this is due for completion in the next few days.
Newquay Tretherras Headteacher Mrs Samantha Fairbairn, commented: “We are very excited to have access to such a fantastic resource as The Quay and the building has come alive now that our students have moved in. It has been fantastic to see lessons taking place in such a vibrant environment, providing teachers and support staff with excellent facilities to enhance the experience of school for our young people.”
Building work started back in May 2018 and ran to schedule, ready to welcome students for the autumn term in 2019. An official opening ceremony is planned for January 2020, when the contractors have completed the demolition work, replacing the tennis courts and landscaping the site.
The Chair of NET Cllr Geoff Brown, commented: “For me the opening of The Quay building is very special, as 50 years ago I was one of the first students through the doors of the then new Tretherras Comprehensive, now our students are experiencing the very latest facilities that a modern school can offer.”
CEO of NET Mrs Sarah Karkeek, added, “The Quay is a resource we have been working towards for many years and to see it come to fruition and for it to exceed even our expectations is wonderful. The Quay will serve the young people of Newquay and our wider community for decades to come and we are delighted that our students now have the state of the art learning environment they so richly deserve.”