An artist's impression of how the new Regent's High School will look
Head Rosemary Leeke with, from left, Fatimah Sardar, Tamana Khan, Nadine Khalid, Hassan Farah and Hamsa Ibrahim.
Published: 20 September, 2012
by PAVAN AMARA
A NEW term meant a new building, a new uniform and a new name for students at Regent High School this week.
The Charrington Road school, previously South Camden Community School, welcomed students through its newly-refurbished doors.
Students sat in technology rooms complete with film-making facilities as they became accustomed to the school’s £25million makeover, due to be finished in late 2013.
Headteacher Rosemary Leeke said: “All Regent High School students need to realise they are worth it, and now they do know that.
“Everyone’s surroundings send a message to them. Rundown surroundings mean one thing. But this shows them they are privileged. They can achieve anything they want to. They are going to have to raise their aspirations to fit the new building, and they are doing it.”
The school will have four zones – north, south, east and west.
“The north zone, which is for maths and ICT, and the west zone, for English and humanities, are now open,” said Ms Leeke.
“Both are Victorian buildings and have been completely refurbished. We’ve made good use of the high ceilings, and students were a little lost on their first days because it all looks so new, but they’re getting used to it now.”
By the end of 2013 all four zones will be one “seamless” building with one entrance and exit, and a courtyard space.
“What I like is the new one-way system in this north zone,” said 12-year-old Tamana Khan. “There’s one set of stairs for up and another set to go down. It really helps cut down congestion so you can get to your lessons faster.”
A new gym will be shared with next-door neighbour Somers Town Youth Centre, and the school will use Somers Town Community Sports Centre as a new daytime sports hall.
Pupil Hassan Farah, 12, said: “It’s got white nets for indoor cricket, an electronic scoreboard and three trampolines so I’m looking forward to my first PE lesson.” There are plans to landscape part of the playground to provide greenery and plants.
The school has just celebrated 61 per cent of students gaining five A*-C GCSE grades – a 12 per cent increase on last year, and 100 per cent of sixth-form students gaining a university place.