Milestone marked at £10m replacement for blaze school

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A CEREMONY took place yesterday in Doncaster to mark the “topping out” of a new school building, which replaces a school that was ravaged by fire in 2009.

The ceremony, which traditionally is thought to bring good luck, marked the roof being put on the new £10.7m Campsmount Technology College.

Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies said: “The progress made with building the new school is quite remarkable.

“The council’s education build team, Wates, and Campsmount Technology College deserve tremendous praise for their contribution. We are definitely on the home straight and by spring next year, the young people and whole community will have a wonderful new educational facility.”

David Price, business unit director of Wates Construction, which is carrying out the building work, said: “The milestone demonstrates the efficient progress we are making with Campsmount’s build programme as we work towards completion in 2012.”

Construction of the new Campsmount Technology College began in February 2011 and should be completed by April next year.

Andy Sprakes, headteacher at the school, said: “This ceremony marks an extremely exciting time for us at Campsmount. It has been wonderful to watch the new building take shape; the enthusiasm this transformation is creating can be seen on the faces of all our staff and students.

“We’re very much looking forward to seeing the fully-completed school next year.”