Birds eye view of £24m new school

ON TRACK: The Appleton Academy development, in Wyke, is on target to open in October.
ON TRACK: The Appleton Academy development, in Wyke, is on target to open in October.
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FORGET the aerial photographs of the London Olympic venues, Wyke has its own stellar development to boast about.

The Appleton Academy is due to open in October and as these stunning aerial shots show, the development is gathering pace.

The £24m new school will be the first in the country to teach children from the age of three until they leave at 19.

It also includes a community library to replace the current Wyke Library, in Huddersfield Road, and cutting edge 3G football pitches.

School spokesman Craig Armitage said pupils were excited about the move to the new building.

“We have had a number of primary school children visiting the site and talking to the project engineer and they are really excited,” he said.

“It is a striking building and it’s amazing how quickly it has come to dominate the landscape in that part of Wyke.

“It’s certainly generated a lot of excitement already.”

The primary school site is very close to the new purpose-built development, so the younger children have been tracking its progress since work began more than a year ago.

Workers are currently putting the finishing touches to the exterior of the building, before getting the interior ready. Mr Armitage added: “It will be the most state-of-the-art building in the district.”