Diggers move in as Wolverhampton school torn down for homes
Bulldozers have moved in to begin the demolition of a former Wolverhampton secondary school.
The Northicote School in Bushbury is being razed to the ground, wiping out decades of history.
The school has stood on Northwood Park Road for decades and served thousands of pupils over the years.
It has been closed for the last few years following a merger with Pendeford School to form the North East Wolverhampton Academy.
It was used for a short time by Wolverhampton College students but has since been left abandoned.
Its run-down state had prompted questions about what would happen to the school site until it was revealed this year homes would be built on the land.
Boards have been put up around the site in recent weeks and demolition work has now started. Diggers have started ripping apart the old school canteen, with work on the main part of the school to follow.
The site is being cleared to make way for dozens of homes. The city council’s property arm WV Living is eyeing up the school site for the next phase of its house building programme.
Northicote experienced mixed fortunes down the years but became regarded as one of the city's most improved schools in the 1990s.
It was classed as failing by Ofsted before undergoing a remarkable turnaround in fortunes during under the guidance of headteacher Sir Geoff Hampton, who was knighted for his role in helping to transform the school.