A SCHOOL partially destroyed by fire has unveiled its new buildings to replace the ones damaged.
Bentley Wood High School, in Bridges Road, Stanmore, officially reopened 20 new classrooms and seven science laboratories last Wednesday.
Five classrooms were severely damaged and there was structural damage to the roof after the six-hour blaze in August 2007.
Nobody was injured as the fire occurred during the school holidays, however it meant part of the school was off limits for nearly a year.
Headteacher Janice Howkins said: "Two floors were off bounds. But now it's fantastic to think the girls will be going back to state-of-the-art science laboratories and refurbished classrooms."
Students will use the classrooms from September after essential equipment and furniture has been moved in to the building.
The top floor of the school was extensively damaged in the fire, while the middle floor suffered water and smoke damage.
Ten fire engines brought the blaze under control, which was deemed an accident and caused by faulty equipment used by a contractor.
Despite the damage, students were still able to collect their GCSE results days later.
The science, ICT, languages and health and social care departments had to be relocated to temporary classrooms set up in the school's grounds.
From September 2007, pupils were taught in temporary classrooms and for several days sixth form students were taught at Harrow College and Hatch End High School, in Headstone Lane.
Ms Howkins said: "We have a very strong team of staff with a very supportive team of governors and parents.
"We have also been supported by the local authority and the building group Kier.
"We focused on learning from day one and that has meant that we have run business as usual. We didn't lose a day of teaching and our girls have been fantastic in their response."