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Christmas comes early for Middleton School

5 December 2011

Middleton Technology School has received an early Christmas present with the signing of a £9million contract to deliver new and improved teaching facilities. The school is the latest to benefit from the council’s £192m BSF Programme, following closely on the heels of the new £4million Darnhill Study Centre in Heywood, where construction started last month.

Middleton Technology STEM block

As part of the contract, Middleton Technology will receive a brand new 3-storey technology block. This will be constructed alongside the school’s recently completed sixth form building and will be used to deliver specialist subjects such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The remainder of the school’s existing accommodation will be fully refurbished with ICT provision installed throughout.

The construction has been carefully phased around the school’s curriculum requirements, with all of the new teaching facilities due to be ready by September 2013. Once the school have moved in, this will then allow the remaining demolition and external landscaping works to be completed.

The new and improved facilities are part of Rochdale Borough Council’s ongoing investment in secondary education across the borough, with funding secured through the Building Schools for the Future programme. The investment programme is being delivered by the council’s local education partnership, inspiredspaces Rochdale, and their main building contractor, Carillion.

Councillor Donna Martin, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Families, said:

This is wonderful news for the school. The construction will provide state-of-the-art facilities providing pupils with the best possible education and opportunities for their future.”

Claire Butler, General Manager of inspiredspaces Rochdale, said:

“We have had a fantastic amount of support from the school in helping us to develop a design that will support their high aspirations for their students. Although Middleton Technology School has already been rated as “Outstanding” by Ofsted, we hope that this investment will help the school to reach even greater heights.”