TWO pupils from Dartmouth Academy have raised a tree to the top of their new school building to celebrate construction reaching its highest point.
Rhiannon Healey and Merlin Headington were joined at the traditional ‘topping out’ ceremony by Dartmouth mayor Paul Allen, South Hams District Council chairman Bryan Carson, academy principal Nick Hindmarsh and Rob Bradley, managing director of Leadbitter and Bouygues UK’s Western team, which is constructing the new building.
It is expected that the building will open in March next year.
Mr Hindmarsh said: “We are all very excited by the progress of the rebuild.
“It is fantastic to mark reaching the highest point on the build and the two children chosen to raise the tree to the roof epitomise the spirit of our improving academy.
“Rhiannon and Merlin both applied themselves excellently during their work experience with Leadbitter last term, pushing themselves to achieve more and succeeding in so many ways.”
Mr Bradley said: “The topping out marks an important milestone in construction, which is progressing very well. The design of the new building will create a modern, vibrant learning environment for children for many years to come.”