With only a number of weeks to go until the end of term, pupils at Carisbrooke College have been enjoying their brand-new building.
After around two years of construction, it opened in late April – with students moving in on the first day after the Easter holidays.
The three-storey building holds 612 pupils. 600 are based in the main school and 12 in the Einstein Centre – an Autistic Spectrum Resource facility.
As well as up-to-date classrooms and technology, the new-build comes equipped with three sets of Uni-sex toilets, meaning girls and boys can go into use any the school.
Matthew Parr-Burman, Executive Headteacher at Carisbrooke, says parents were initially concerned about their children having to share but any fears have now been quashed:
“It was an area that a number of students were anxious about. I think a number of parents were too – understandably so.
“It’s all working well and any of those issues that they were worried about I think it’s all going away.”
Over the summer, three of the old site’s buildings – the old science block, sports hall and technology block – will be knocked down.
By January next year, it is hoped the area will be landscaped – with a pond potentially installed.