Wexham School's new classrooms and library have been officially opened by the mayor - seven months after pupils started using them.

The new teaching block at the school in Norway Drive has been named the Woodside Building and the new library, resource centre and sixth form is called the Orchard Library. The school drew on its history when choosing the names as Wexham School was created when Woodside County Secondary School and The Orchard County Secondary School combined in the 1980s.

On Wednesday the mayor of Slough Cllr Avtar Kaur Cheema formally opened them.

Also there were headteacher Lawrence Smith and leader of the council Councillor James Swindlehurst, joined by students and teachers as well as representatives from Slough Borough Council, Slough Urban Renewal, Morgan Sindall Construction and School Governors.

The work at Wexham School is part of the council’s ambitious school places programme – a £27million investment in primary and secondary school buildings, extensions and new schools – to provide enough places for Slough’s current and future young people.

The new 3,000 square metre three storey Woodside Building houses 29 new classrooms for English, Special Educational Needs (SEN), humanities and languages, three of which have dedicated ICT facilities.

The building also provides staff workrooms, group rooms, a new student reception and welfare facilities, a new library and a sixth form study centre. The project also saw the remodelling of the school’s old library facilities to create two new science laboratories and the demolition of an end of life Fowler Building to create additional hard and soft landscaping for the school.

Headteacher Lawrence Smith said: “We are standing in this wonderful library as part of the Woodside Building and I couldn’t be happier with our school’s new facilities. The importance of a learning environment on the wellbeing of the students cannot be underestimated.

"This has seen a magnificent change to the school and the children really feel they have been invested in.”