When the roof collapsed just days after a condition survey carried out by the Department for Education concluded the building was in A1 condition, High Tunstall College of Science Headteacher Mark Tilling, headed to Parliament to lobby for a new school.
Tilling said, "We knew we had to put forward a strong case with a portfolio of this evidence,
as we're just one of thousands of schools across the UK and everyone wants a new building.”
Six months later High Tunstall was placed on the Priority Schools Building Programme 2 (PSBP2) and allocated £17.1m from the programme. When the local authorities increased the number of pupils at the college from 240 to a 270 intake, it received an additional £1.3m from the Local Authorities Basic Need Funding.
Contracts were then put together and the design for the school began in 2016 with key contractor BAM and the Department for Education working together. The new school opened for the start of the current academic year.
Facilities include 10 new science rooms and one demonstration laboratory, creative design rooms, design technology and one food technology classroom and a food demonstration room. The college has also benefited from a brand-new learning resource centre where students can learn independently.