As you approach the new school, there is no doubting where you are!
In the waiting area is the school’s trophy cabinet. Above is one of the many flat screen TVs which are found throughout the school, these show pupils, staff and visitors any events which are happening on that day. In this photograph, the S4 assembly is being advertised.
One large dining hall replaces the previous divided halls in the Shelley Drive building. Large windows on the left of the picture allow a view into the playground.
You may recognise the banners – they were taken from the Shelley Drive school and have been relocated to the new assembly hall. Made to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the school in 1998, these will now see the school through to the 150th Anniversary celebrations in 2023.
The school stage. Hopefully many new school productions will be held here to continue the great musical tradition of CHS.
As we walked through the corridors, I noticed a design innovation which I had never seen before. What’s that room at the right of the photo? See photos 07 & 08.
I wasn’t planning on taking photos of the lavatorial arrangements, but this “open plan” system is designed to prevent smoking, bullying and “skiving” in the toilets. I think it’s a marvellous idea! The colour coding of the walls indicates the gender – blue for boys…
…and green for girls!
The layout of the building allows a view of the floors above.
I was advised that the little walkway seen in the photo above leads to “room nine and three quarters” in a tribute to Harry Potter!
The new school has many modern features, like this Recording Studio for the music department.
No matter how modern some areas may be, there is always room for traditional instruments.
A music practice room.
Pupils are now signposted to their classes. No excuses for poor timekeeping.
Pupils are now given lockers to store their books and other materials.
A nice piece of glazing to cap the roof.
The arrival of pupils from Braidfield High School after its closure heralded a new era in school tie design. Out was the traditional “Chocolate and Gold” first instituted in 1921, and in was an amalgamation of the BHS and CHS ties. Senior pupils now have a seperate blue tie with the CHS crest in the centre.
Another view of a Home Economics class.
Technical – No longer the sole domain of the boys! This is a metalwork class.
Another view of the metalwork class.
This is a woodwork class.
Some examples of ongoing projects.
Not all technical work is done at the workbench. This is a graphics classroom, where technical drawing and Computer Aided Design takes place.
An example of a Science class.
In the school that sits on what was once the sports fields of the Shelley Drive building, the PE department certainly has received improved facilities. This is one of several gymnasia.
Pupils and staff have access to a modern fitness suite.
A general view of the outside of CHS.