Outside dining are

Around two and a half weeks into the autumn term, pupils at Christ The King College are enjoying their brand-new building.

The former two-site school now has all its students under one (shiny, new) roof.

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Anti-bullying ambassadors have helped design the new site, identifying areas that need more adults around and those where students gather.

It used to be a middle school before the Isle of Wight’s two-tier system was introduced.

Head of School Nora Ward says children feel much safer as a result and says it now feels more like part of the community:

“The facilities that we had really didn’t reflect the school that we are, even from a health and safety point of view. Students moving up and down that busy road was a massive consideration for us.

“Having all the staff and students together…comes back to that idea of a community. We never really got over the legacy of it being two middle schools. Now it really feels like one school.”

The two-storey site has wide corridors and stairs which allow the traffic of children to flow through more seamlessly between lessons.

The new library on the second floor is bright and inviting, with beautiful views of the Island’s landscape to inspire students when reading and writing.

The Isle of Wight’s only faith secondary school is working with the Catholic and Anglican dioceses on plans its new sacred space.

Christ the King’s facilities are also open to community groups with interests as varied as photography, martial arts and fencing.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the new school by flicking through our gallery. Click on the picture to see it fully sized. 

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Typical classroom layout

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Upstairs corridor

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Library

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Library

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Sticker-glass window

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Standard classroom layout

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Corridor toilets

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Corridor toilets

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Corridor toilets

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Gym

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Dining hall

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Gym

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Theatre

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Theatre

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Studio

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Studio

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Gym

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Studio

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Dining hall

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Dining hall

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Theatre

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Theatre

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Outside dining area

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Outside dining area