That finally resulted in my plea to the Prime Minister at Prime Ministers Questions in late 2011.
The announcement was greeted by the school and on my blog in 2012 here: That finally resulted http://guyopperman.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/prudhoe-community-high-school-gets-its.html
It has been a long journey but it is clearly worth it. And it is not just the rebuild. Yes it had a leaky roof, and a very run down building, but there was also a troubled history including an intervening special measures finding by Ofsted.
Because of the best efforts of many pupils, teachers, governors, staff and the headteacher the Prudhoe Community High School has turned around. The school is brand new. The Ofsted rating is good, and the mood has changed. It is quite clear that the way in which the pupils are both taught and challenged has changed. Not all schools really push their pupils, and their teachers. Prudhoe CHS now does that uniformly. For that, Deborah Reeman, the new headteacher, must take a lot of credit.
Anyone who listened to the school council as I did this morning, with Justine, would notice and remark upon the difference. The Hexham courant came today and their report is here:
Some pictures of the visit by Justine are below: