IN PICTURES: New £23m Putteridge High School building nears completion
The corridors of Putteridge High School’s new school building will soon be filled with the excited chatter of students as the £23 million project nears completion.
The new school building will be home to 1,200 secondary students and will offer state-of-the art facilities including modern teaching rooms, sports hall, and three outdoor all weather hard courts.
Work to build the school has continued on schedule, despite the "challenges" of Covid-19.
This week, the school - which is part of Chiltern Learning Trust - confirmed plans for the first students to enter the school in early June.
There will be a staggered start back for each school year group so that students can take part in an assembly and familiarise themselves with the new building.
This plan is in line with Government guidance for schools as the country emerges from lockdown.
David Graham, headteacher of Putteridge High School, said: “The new school building will provide our students with an inspiring place to learn and give them every chance to be successful Luton leaders.
"We are very much looking ahead to June when we can start to make use of the amazing facilities.
“Putteridge High School has doubled in size in the past five years and we are now oversubscribed. We are proud members of Chiltern Learning Trust and together we have created a fantastic school to be most proud.
"This will be a real year to remember.”
The school is being built as part of the Department for Education's school’s priority building programme. The funding is part of a wider national programme to invest £2 billion into new and refurbished school buildings between 2015 and 2021.
Adrian Rogers, CEO of the Chiltern Learning Trust, added: “This is truly wonderful news for Putteridge High School and its community as well as Luton secondary education. We really can’t wait to see the staff and students entering the fantastic school building early in the summer.
“A special thank you goes to the Kier Construction project team for delivering this superb transformation of the school site against the increased challenges for everyone caused by the pandemic.”
Works to build the new school began in January 2020 on land adjacent to the current school. Once the new school is fully open, the old school site will be demolished towards the end of 2021.
For more information on Putteridge High School, visit www.putteridgehigh.org.