BRITAIN’S newest secondary school has welcomed in the cameras for a first look inside.
And it does not fail to impress, with its open-plan and state-of-the-art design.
Oakmoor School is on a 22-acre tree-lined site in Bordon, meaning you forget you’re in the middle of a busy, construction-filled town.
The school has been built on land previously owned by the Ministry of Defence, so it seems fitting its doors opened to students on November 11 – Armistice Day.
While taking Herald reporter Lettie Buxton on a tour of the school, Oakmoor’s headteacher Paul Hemmings proudly showed off its top-spec facilities.
There are seven science labs, a dedicated special educational needs area featuring smaller classrooms for additional individual or small-group support, a technology floor with fully- equipped cooking benches and workshops, a huge sports hall and dance studio, complete with a bar and mirrors, and an impressive library, to list just a few of the spaces on offer to students.
The school’s theatre provides real wow factor, with a capacity of 320 and a retractable door which, once opened, creates a stage.
As well as several sports pitches, a nurture garden and a forest school area, there is also an outdoor athletics track, which travels around four central trees – and there are great views of this from some of the classrooms!
Green spaces are certainly not hard to come by and help to create a calm and relaxing backdrop to the school.
The main buildings surround a central courtyard which includes covered areas for outside dining and seating areas, bringing the whole school community together.
And although the Herald’s tour took place after school, there was still a buzz in the various spaces, with parents also taking a first look at their children’s school.
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