CG rendering of Sedgefield Community College.
Jane Imrie

Work begins on multi-million pound County Durham teaching and leadership centre

Work has commenced on a new multi-million pound education facility in County Durham.

Robertson Construction has commenced pre-construction work on the new £3.2m Sedgefield Community College, which will be part of the Newcastle-based multi-academy trust Laidlaw Schools Trust (LST).

Comprising two-storeys, the building will feature an auditorium, five classroom spaces and communal space with a servery, office and toilets, and will be used by students who are training to be teachers and studying for their PGCE qualification.

Peter Snowdon, LST’s chief operating officer, commented: “The construction of this wonderful, new teaching and leadership centre demonstrates The Laidlaw Foundation’s absolute commitment to providing students with the best possible facilities.

“Thanks to this new building, the trust will have the opportunity to work with students studying for a PGCE with a view to offering them employment opportunities across its academies.

“The school will also benefit from having additional classroom space for much of the week, thereby easing the school organisation issues where communal spaces are increasingly being used for teaching as our pupil roll continues to grow.”

Garry Hope, regional managing director of Robertson Construction, added: “The new facility being provided at Sedgefield Community College will help equip the teachers of tomorrow with the skills that they require.

“Robertson prides itself on playing an integral role in the communities where we work and to delivering high quality facilities.

“We are pleased to playing our part in ensuring the College can not only continue to provide an excellent learning environment but will have the opportunity to support further leadership and development events.”

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