September 9, 2008

School Set for Success

A NEW school has welcomed its first pupils.

Hundreds of students began the new school year last week in a state-of-the-art building at the newly built Kings meadow Community Comprehensive School, in Dunston, Gates head.

The school aims to provide a "one-stop-shop" for the whole community's education needs.

As well as sharing the site with its feeder primary school Dunston Hill, which provides pre-school education and breakfast and after-school clubs, the pounds 18m campus, which is due to be fully completed later in the school year, also offers members of the public the use of a Lifelong Learning Centre for adult education.

The main school buildings, which connect the primary and secondary schools together, feature a new ICT Learning Zone, a large multi-use games area, expansive playing fields, interactive whiteboards, a modern canteen and plasma information screens.

Head teacher at Kings Meadow, Bar-bara Rouse, said: "The students and staff are delighted with their new school. We are very much looking forward to learning in this inspiring environment, which will also benefit the local community."

Coun Catherine Donovan, cabinet member for children and young people at Gates head Council, added: "The new Kings Meadow development is a great example of our commitment to lifelong learning, our investment in education and providing the best possible environment for learning."

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