Updated: Friday, 13th December 2019 @ 5:37am

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls comes to Tameside to officially open Denton Community College

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls comes to Tameside to officially open Denton Community College

By Matt Simpson

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls officially opened Denton Community College in Tameside last week.

The new college was built as part of the Build Schools for the Future programme, of which Mr Balls was a staunch supporter during his time as Secretary of State for Education.

Costing £26million, the building is centred on a ‘teaching oasis’ complete with an amphitheatre and individual home bases for each year. The new school can also be proud of state-of-the-art science and art facilities, dance and drama studios and a community café area.

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish and another guest at the opening ceremony, said: “Denton children are now being taught in some of the very best facilities that Tameside has to offer and it’s right that Ed Balls officially opened the school, as he was the Secretary of State for Schools that made this dream a reality.”

The old school building has been demolished to make way for external landscaping and outdoor sports facilities, including grass playing pitches.

Construction was completed on time and was well within the budget set by the BSF programme which has seen a further nine schools built throughout the borough.

Deputy Headteacher Cath Walker said: “The students and staff alike feel incredibly privileged to work in Denton Community College’s iconic building.

“The state of the art facilities in our modern building have been meticulously planned to bring out the best in learners from Tameside and beyond.”

After opening its doors in January of this year, the college can accommodate over 1300 pupils aged from 11 to 16.

Head Boy Thomas Atkins said: “We look forward to coming to school and we feel really safe and secure here. It has been such a brilliant opportunity and makes us feel that we are really cared about.”

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