A BIDEFORD school struck by fire twice in two years is celebrating completion of a major rebuilding programme. Edgehill College in Bideford is celebrating the re-opening of the west end of the school destroyed by fire in March, 2006. A £5 million rebuild

A BIDEFORD school struck by fire twice in two years is celebrating completion of a major rebuilding programme.Edgehill College in Bideford is celebrating the re-opening of the west end of the school destroyed by fire in March, 2006.A £5 million rebuild has seen the creation of new physics, chemistry and biology laboratories, a new art studio and a stunning dance and drama studio complete with mirrors and ballet barres.The physics laboratory will undoubtedly be busy, following the success of Edgehill's Lower Sixth students, who won a national particle physics competition recently, the prize being a trip to Cern in Switzerland. A new geography classroom is also now ready for use. The new facilities will be used by both prep and senior school pupils.Completion of the 18-month rebuilding programme was delayed when Edgehill was struck by a second fire in May of this year, affecting the adjacent eastern end of the main school building.Headmaster Stuart Nicholson is hopeful that the damage caused by the second fire should not take too long to put right and that pupils should have the whole school back by the spring term next year.It is hoped to have an official re-opening in October, when the first parts of the reconstructed eastern end will also be completed. Edgehill is an independent school providing day and boarding places for 200 pupils, plus a kindergarten and nursery for 50 younger children.