Pupils to get first look at their £20m school

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Pupils will soon get their first look inside a new £20 million school building as workmen finish its exterior and begin work inside.

Now the roof is on and walls up, small groups of Kettering Buccleuch Academy pupils will begin guided tours of their new building in Weekly Glebe Road over the next few weeks.

Martin Slater, project manager for the school, said: “We have already had a few students in and ‘wow’ is the usual response.”

The brickwork, roof and most windows of the building, which will be used by 1,770 pupils from reception right up to sixth form next January, are finished and it should be sealed and water-tight in the next couple of months.

Mr Slater, 51, of Higham Ferrers, who is also a science and maths teacher and one of the school’s leadership team, said: “The word ‘amazing’ is thrown around a lot, but it has been amazing. They cleared the area in May and it has been astonishing how quickly it has gone up.”

Classrooms in the new school will feature extended floor-to-ceiling glass panels so teachers can effortlessly monitor behaviour in corridors. Staff offices will also have glazed panels in walls.

The existing sports centre will be retained and a flood-lit all-weather football pitch that the public can use on evenings, weekends and bank holidays will be built.

The existing single-storey English teaching block will also be remodelled into a sports pavilion.

The county council has a lead role in managing and funding the £20 million construction project.

A spokesman said: “The academy programme is important to us as one of a raft of measures in place to improve standards of education in the county and Kettering is benefiting from a £55 million building programme for the town’s two new academies, Kettering Science Academy and Kettering Buccleuch Academy.”

A webcam has been set up to give parents a closer look at the progress.