SPIRITS were high at Midhurst Rother College when the first turf was cut to mark the start of building the £31m new school.
The momentous event on Thursday last week was followed by a blessing by the Venerable Robert Combes, Archdeacon of Horsham, before students buried a time capsule in the area for the foundations of the new building.
The first turf was cut by Sir Ewan Harper, chief executive of United Learning Trust, sponsor of Midhurst Rother College Academy. Lord Cowdray and top brass from other organisations involved, student representatives, and children from Rother Valley primary schools shared the landmark occasion.
The new school, due to open in 2012, will have two drama amphitheatres, dance studios, a flood-lit all-weather pitch and tennis and basketball courts, up-to-the-minute science laboratories, media suites, music rooms as well as art studios.