PUPILS at a Morpeth school can enjoy state-of-the-art science lessons in a £300,000 extension.
The two-storey building at Chantry Middle School and Technology College has been opened after years of planning and several meetings in the last 18 months.
Half of the money has been provided by the school and the other half came from Northumberland County Council Property Services.
The science lab on the ground floor includes the latest computer and interactive software, there is plenty of bench space to carry out experiments and it has a lecture theatre style design so pupils will be closer to demonstrations at the front.
A general classroom has been built on the top floor.
Executive Headteacher of Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools and Technology Colleges Paul Lawrence said: “This is a momentous occasion after ten years of planning for a second science lab at Chantry.
“We are all delighted by this new block, which is a facility that is fit for purpose in 2011 and beyond.
“In these austere financial times it is so inspiring that we were able to complete the building on time and on budget. A huge thank you to our contractors, Kier, for the professional way they do business.”
At the opening, Mr Lawrence presented the inaugural David Mitchell Science Award to Celine Bradley.
When Mr Mitchell retired as the school’s Headteacher last summer he was keen to leave something for the pupils so he bought a trophy that will be given out on an annual basis to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to science at Chantry.
Celine was also asked to cut the ribbon to officially open the block.