Students and staff welcome exciting and inspiring new £11m school building at South Molton

South Molton Community College head of art and technology Andrew Goode and headteacher Andrew Finney. Picture: Matt SmartSouth Molton Community College head of art and technology Andrew Goode and headteacher Andrew Finney. Picture: Matt Smart

The new South Molton Community College has formally been introduced to the community.

The official opening of the brand new school, which opened in April after an £11million build, took place yesterday (Thursday).

BBC correspondent Simon Hall was guest of honour to carry out the opening and he said he did not need to say much because the new school building spoke for itself.

He added: “I came here about three years ago and what a difference. In the old building you did your best and you did a good job.

“There’s something about the school, a new sense of community, a new sense of energy and togetherness. What greater thing for the next generation than to invest in their future.”

The 18-month building work was carried out by BAM Construction and features a new sports hall and a three-storey complex.

Andrew Goode, head of art and technology, who oversaw the project for the school, said it was an exciting new school.

He said: “I would like to thank governors, staff and students for their tolerance through the process and BAM staff who worked so closely with us.

“I believe we have a school building here that takes South Molton into the 21st century and will enable students to become future citizens we can be truly proud of.”

Head girl Ruby Petch said the new building was far easier to navigate and far more accessible. She added: “It’s such a great facility, I think it’s inspiring people, because we have seen it go up and seen it grow.”

Head boy Luke Sanders added: “It’s breathed new life and fresh air. It gives us a better environment to work in and gives the students a platform to work from.”

Principal Andrew Finney said he was proud of the school community. He said: “What we have done here is change every single member’s working environment, but to do that and keep goodwill and commitment and go above and beyond what we expect speaks greatly of the school.”

The new building replaces the former 1950s and has a capacity for 620 pupils.