A NEW state-of-the-art secondary school for Middlesbrough has been given the planning green light. The new Trinity Catholic college building, in Saltersgill Avenue, has been designed to accommodate 1,200 pupils aged 11 to 16.
The plans were approved unanimously by Middlesbrough council’s planning and development committee.
Work will start next month, March, and an opening is planned for September 2011. The school opened last September across the two existing sites of the former St David’s Catholic school and the Newlands Faithful Companion of Jesus (FCJ) school.
The new school building is being constructed as part of Middlesbrough council’s £100m Building Schools for the Future programme.
The school will break new ground in education design with a huge multipurpose “street” running through the middle of the building, three separate teaching wings, a twostorey creative art and dance block and a new sports hall. The design for the layout was inspired by a traditional church, in keeping with the faith of the schools.
The street forms the dining room and social area of the building and the use of glass will let in as much light as possible. The new building will also include a creative, artistic hub which will accommodate art, music and drama rooms. The grounds will have new landscaping, planting and shrubs, play areas and a dedicated cycle route and pedestrian footpaths. For sports there will be three grass pitches, an artificial turf pitch with flood lighting and a separate entrance for community use.
Councillor Mike Carr, executive member for Children, Families and Learning, said: “This new school building for Trinity Catholic College will be a superb educational environment for our young people who will have the very best surroundings in which to learn and succeed. I welcome the planning committee’s decision which is a crucial step in making this fantastic new building a reality.” To minimise disruption during construction construction traffic will be kept separate from the existing school by providing a separate temporary site.