A NEW £2.5 million teaching block will soon benefit the pupils and staff at Kinver High School after a turf cutting ceremony celebrated the start of the building work.

The two-storey development will provide high quality facilities to the Enville Road school’s expanding numbers of students, and will include a learning resource centre, an ICT room, 10 classrooms, three seminar rooms, a science studio and staff offices.

Chris Rogers, headteacher, said: “Here at Kinver High we are all very excited at the prospect of our new build.

“The building will be a great boost to the school in terms of the quality of learning environment we can provide for our students.”

National contractor Speller Metcalfe has been selected to undertake the building work, which is finally becoming a reality after the school successfully bid to receive Government funding from the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) in 2016.

Rob Lashford, regional manager at Speller Metcalfe, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this fantastic scheme which will make a significant difference to local pupils from all across South Staffordshire, the Dudley area and North Worcestershire.

“We will be working hard to provide opportunities for local employment, as well as opportunities for students to integrate with the project to learn more about the construction industry and the extensive range of practical and professional career options available to them.”

The project is due to be completed later this year.