HTCS Opens It’s Doors To The Next Generation of Students!

High Tunstall College of Science opened its doors on November 7th after an extensive three-year design and build process.

Mr Mark Tilling, Headteacher, said: “The college has been an important part of Hartlepool for over 47 years, but the building was old and tired. The facilities and the resources for our young people were not up to the standard they should have been.

“The design of the new college is really special. We’ve worked hard with BAM Construction to ensure that the architects and designers have devised a college that is fit for purpose and moves us forward.

“The new college is designed around the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) agenda meaning STEM is at the heart of everything we do.”

Facilities in the new building include 10 new Science rooms and one demonstration laboratory used to showcase Scientific activities which cannot safely be performed by students.

Also included are new Art rooms, Creative Design rooms, Food Technology and Food Demonstration rooms where we will eventually invite top chefs in to demonstrate to our students. A brand-new Learning Resource Centre has also been included where students can learn independently from classes.

The four-court Sports Hall features solid wood flooring, with the ground floor also featuring The Theatre and Dance Studio.

Classrooms in the new college contain brand new interactive televisions designed to ensure functional tools which allow teachers to teach, and students to learn.

The new college has been built around what Mr Tilling describes as ‘The Heart’.

He said: “We have really placed emphasis on this building being for young people. ‘The Heart’ contains our special needs units and our open plan dining area which is accessible for all students.

“The exterior of ‘The Heart’ has been designed from the bottom up with the Creative and Design subjects occupying the bottom floor, academic subjects such as Mathematics and English on the middle floor and specialist subjects such as Science, Technology and Languages on the top floor.

“Also, linking into the retained building will be further subjects, World Affairs, Music and Drama. Meaning we continue to offer a broad and balanced curriculum at High Tunstall.”

Funding for the project has been allocated by the Government’s £4.4 billion Priority School Building Program fund, local authorities and from capital directly raised by the school.

As a college we are growing the size of our Year Groups from 240 students per year group to 270 students, meaning more students can benefit from improved learning on offer at the college.

Future developments planned for the college include a 3G pitch, tennis courts and improved swimming facilities which could be completed in 2020.

The official opening of the new college buildings will take place on March 24th when we welcome a special guest for our Annual STEM Lecture to perform the grand ceremony.

Over the past three years the college has welcomed esteemed guests like Helen Shaman OBE, Professor Lord Robert Winston, Marcus du Sautoy and Dave Coplin to be the lecturer and look forward to carrying on this tradition.

Mr Tilling concluded: “This project showcases that our students are cared about and invested in. We’ve always been proud of the High Tunstall name and now we have a facility that is befitting the name, befitting the College and will make parents and students feel proud for years to come.”