Stoke & Staffordshire

New £15m Thistley Hough school buildings open in Stoke

New Thistley Hough building
Image caption An Ofsted report in September said the school was making "reasonable progress"

Pupils at a struggling Stoke-on-Trent school have moved into new buildings, at a cost of about £15m.

Thistley Hough, in Penkhull, was put in special measures by Ofsted in April last year, after failing to meet government targets.

Its 820 students now have access to a new library, sports hall and 78-seat lecture theatre.

Funding for the project came from the previous government's £250m Building Schools for the Future scheme.

Head teacher Holly Hartley said the design reflected the school's aims, with the library at the heart to show a focus on improving literacy.

'New future'

She added: "Recently the school hasn't done so well in terms of exam results and this is very much about setting out our stall in terms of the academic rigour as a school that we're putting in place.

"We are aspirational for our students... this is about moving into a new school but actually moving into a new future as well."

An Ofsted report in September said the school was making "reasonable progress" with teaching improvements.

The school was built in 1938, extended in the 1970s and refurbished at a cost of £2m in 1994.

The original 1930s buildings will now be demolished to make way for sports facilities and parking.

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