EX-AFC Bournemouth striker, Steve Fletcher cut the ribbon at the official unveiling of the £10million transformation of Bourne Academy into a state-of-the-art school and sixth form.

Around 100 guests were joined by Bourne Academy pupils to take a look at the work ahead of the start of term, following 14 months of building work.

A brand new two-storey maths and English block, dedicated sixth form centre and a new sports complex were some of the main changes.

Director of Teaching, Rachel Hayward, who has taught at the school for 18 years said: “It’s absolutely amazing as the children are finally getting what they’re worth.”

The Hadow Road Academy, formerly Kings High School, was one of two Academies in Bournemouth earmarked for development by the Department of Education. Principal Jackie Steel said: “This is all been made possible because everyone who works here is just so fantastic. There is a genuine buzz about the place because there is a really warm and safe environment. “I find it amazing that I actually enjoy walking into school every day, it’s just so uplifting. “We’ve now got some first-class facilities, including outstanding classrooms and a brand new sixth form which has already attracted 48 students for this year.”

The students had an active part in the design of the new facilities, including the covered walkways and the toilets, which were created to be more open to discourage bullying.

Bourne Academy pupil, 15-year-old Harley Edwards said: “I love the new look, it’s a really great design and lots of the students were able to give ideas which were incorporated into the design.”