Construction is underway at Bradford’s newest school as building work begins, transforming part of Valley Parade into a free school.
The Bantams Business Centre that was once home to the Bradford City club shop is being readied for the introduction of the first intake of pupils at the One in a Million Free School in September.
Contractors have been busy over the last three weeks getting the ground floor ready for the opening in the autumn, with the whole building being ready for early 2013.
The school, run in collaboration with the One in a Million charity and Bradford City FC, aims to cater for 350 students, with 50 new students being added each year.
The school’s principal designate Jez Stockill said he was excited to see the work underway.
He said: “It’s really exciting in the sense that you can actually begin to physically see what our vision is about.
“Of course our vision is about the educational transformation of young people, but that takes places in a building and with the building work taking place you can see how that transformational work is going to take place.”
“It really does bring it alive. It reminds us about the reason we are here, which is about the transformation of young people.”
The Chief Executive of the the One in a Million charity, Matthew Band said: “We are absolutely delighted to see this building work get underway and really excited as the school is the realisation of a large part of One in a Million’s vision.
“It is really exciting to see this innovative building design start to take shape, and the build design, combined with the modern technology, such as the iPads and mobile internet, will really allow us to help Bradford children.
“It is the building and the technology which is going to play a very big part in the development and the progress of the children and young people.”