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The future starts now for school.

WORK has started to build a "school of the future" on Teesside.

The new Acklam Grange School is the first to be built on Teesside under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

Councillor Hazel Pearson cut the first turf together with the school's head girl, Abigail Bell, and head boy Paul Davis.

The school will cost about pounds 25m from Middlesbrough Council's pounds 100m BSF programme.

The maths and technology college, which is being built next to the school's Acorn Centre, will boast hi-tech equipment and top class creative and performing arts facilities.

The school is being built by contractors Willmot Dixon, and ICT will be supplied by RM. John Bate, pictured, headteacher at Acklam Grange, said: "It is possibly the largest school to be built by Willmot Dixon and will have millions of pounds worth of technology, both within the specialist area of the school and in the fabric of the school, which means, given our computing status, we will be able to utilise the new school and its facilities in absolutely everything.

"We will have wonderful creative and performing arts facilities and for all the main subject areas. It is being built on a courtyard design around which the school sits."

Mr Bate said the new school will herald a change in attitude towards mobile phones.

"Mobile phones in schools have been frowned on, but they will be part of the learning environment.

Children will have the ability to bluetooth homework directly to their phones and will be given information directly through their phones and they are excited about that."
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 9, 2009
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