Dignitaries and special guests were in attendance for the official opening of the new state-of-the-art Tibshelf Community School on Monday.
Derbyshire County Council spent £14.9m on the new building which brings the 750-pupil school on to one site in Doe Hill Lane.
Coun Kevin Gillott, cabinet member for children and young people, joined headteacher Peter Crowe and high-profile guests from the world of sport - Baroness Sue Campbell CBE, who as chairman of UK Sport was behind the successful 2012 London Olympic Games , and England rugby star Maggie Alphonsi MBE, for a special celebration held to mark the opening of the specialist sports college.
Mr Crowe said: “Our children and staff have settled well in to the new school and I’m confident that the new bright, modern surroundings will help all our pupils thrive.”
The new school includes a sports hall, library, specialist and general teaching area and offices. It also includes a facility with sensory rooms to allow students with autism to learn alongside their peers.
New playing fields, hard-surfaced games courts, athletics facilities and a full-size artificial football pitch have also been created.
Coun Gillott said: “This is a fantastic building and I’m delighted that the students and staff are already feeling the benefit of working in their new surroundings.”