'Brand New' School Rises from the Ashes; EDUCATION: State-of-the-Art Classrooms Replace Torched Buildings in Pounds 18m Scheme
Byline: By Marc Meneaud
A WARWICKSHIRE school torched by arsonists is rising from the ashes in an pounds 18million reconstruction.
Pupils returned from the school holidays to see "significant progress" in the work on the new state-of-the-art Avon Valley School in Newbold Road, Rugby.
Police have still not found the firebugs who caused millions of pounds worth of damage when they destroyed the school by setting it ablaze in June 2004.
But Avon Valley head teacher, Don O'Neill, said: "It is coming on at a real rate of knots and we are about halfway to being fully built.
"We have been living in portable and temporary buildings for the past two years and during that time we have been working with the Local Education Authority and the Department for Education to get the appropriate funding together for this brand new school.
"The work started this year and more or less everything will be rebuilt."
The project sees the construction of a single building to link the surviving millennium building and sports hall. …