The completion of the second phase of a £6million development at Chulmleigh Community College will help the school to ‘move into a new era’, according to the chairman of their board of directors.

Education Funding Agency director of operations Julian Wood opens the new building with pupils (L-R) Jack Bastin, Kyle Pidgeon, Georgia Raymont and Abbi RaymontEducation Funding Agency director of operations Julian Wood opens the new building with pupils (L-R) Jack Bastin, Kyle Pidgeon, Georgia Raymont and Abbi Raymont

The new buildings were officially opened this morning (Wednesday) ahead of the new school year, and build on last year's development by adding a further 10 state-of-the-art classrooms, a conference room and a learning suite.

Dilapidated pre-war wooden huts were ripped out in 2008 and replaced with temporary mobile classrooms while the school pursued government funding, which eventually came from the Education Funding Agency (EFA) in July 2012.

School headteacher Michael Johnson said: "We're all elated that we have completed phase two on time and on budget.

Members of the community turned out for the ribbon cutting on WednesdayMembers of the community turned out for the ribbon cutting on Wednesday

"Ours are now among the best facilities in North Devon.

"The students are delighted with what's happened as it gives them state-of-the-art facilities and sets an environment for them that supports their progress."

Mr Johnson also said the school would be applying for funding for the third and final stage of the school's development in December, which would see the primary school building given a full refurbishment.

District Councillor David Worden, who taught at the school for more than 30 years, said the building was 'fantastic'.

"I just wish it had come when I was teaching!" he said. "It's the culmination of years of campaigning and it's phenomenal. It's also fantastic value for money at less than £6million for basically a completely new school."

Speaking to an audience of around 100 local residents on Wednesday, chairman of the Chulmleigh CC board of directors Steve Baber said: "What we see here is very different to 10 years ago. We are moving onto the next era with this springboard for success."