In Autumn 2019, Tanfield School announced ambitious plans to refurbish their historic buildings, with plans to spend over £1.2million over the next 18 months to enhance the School’s site and facilities. The plans have already provided significant improvement to it’s buildings, outdoor recreational space and grounds. The first phase of the plans was to install brand new student toilet facilities, a pastoral base, create a new main entrance and offices at the front of the site, replacement of a roof and move the staff car park to make way for a large outdoor space for students. 

Tanfield School has now secured substantial capital investment of £500,000 from the Department for Education, which will complete the transformation. As a long-standing part of the Tanfield community, education at Tanfield goes back to 1912. As part of a review of the progress of the school, Durham County Council’s Head of Education and Skills, Richard Crane, acknowledged the efforts that have been made to make improvements. Mr Crane stated: “I am delighted that the school has been successful in bringing about improvements in key aspects of leadership which are securing better outcomes for pupils.”

Jonathan Coates, Director of Business and Finance commented: 

We are extremely proud of our heritage and the refurbishment work has been transformational over the last 12 months. We are determined to continue improving our facilities and extensive grounds, which sit in the heart of our community.  I’d like to thank colleagues for their hard work to help secure the funding and for playing an active role in improving the school site.  We are determined to provide the best learning environment for our current and future students.

The additional funding will allow Tanfield School to replace around 300 windows, internal and external doors, upgrade to LED lighting and modern flooring in the North Block. 

Mr Clough, Headteacher added

“I am thrilled that we have secured this funding, as it ensures the students will have the first class learning environment that they deserve and it will help to continue the rapid improvements we have made over the last 18 months.“

Work will begin in the Summer of 2020.

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