School reaches new neights

DEARNE High School students joined teachers and contracters at the traditional Topping Out of their new school.

Topping Out, a builders' tradition that celebrates the construction reaching its highest point, dates back hundreds of years. Students across Barnsley helped construction firm Laing O'Rourke to complete new school building shells as part of the 1bn Barnsley Building Schools for the Future programme.

All of Barnsley's 13 secondary schools will be replaced by Advanced Learning Centres as part of the BSF programme, completely transforming the educational facilities across the borough. Work, which began in July 2009, has seen the building frames of the first set of schools take shape and five schools are now due to celebrate Topping Out in the coming months.

Stuart Wilkinson, General Manager of Barnsley Local Education Partnership, the company delivering Barnsley's BSF programme, said: "Delivering state-of-the-art educational facilities across Barnsley is a programme that I am immensely proud to be part of.

Topping Out ceremonies are a great opportunity to say thank you to the team of people who have brought us this far and allow students and staff on-site to see how their schools are shaping up. I'm delighted that students are going to help us celebrate this milestone; they have been a key part in shaping each school and I know that they are going to enjoy their new educational facilities."