SUMMER holidays cannot end soon enough for students eager to return to their school which is days away from completing a multi-million pound transformation.
Harefield Academy waved goodbye for the last time to the old John Penrose buildings at the end of last term, and on Tuesday will find itself in plush and ultra-modern new surroundings.
Gone are the peeling walls, scuffed floors and drafty corridors of the old school and in their place now stands a building which bears more in common with a leisure centre or hi-tech office block.
As the pupils arrived to collect their GCSE results last Thursday the bulldozers and wrecking balls were already busy demolishing the old site, to make way for further developments including a swimming pool and new car park.
Principal Lynn Gadd was on hand to give selected groups of teens a tour round their new educational home.
Leading them through the three storeys, which include a theatre, gymnasium, indoor sports hall, library, a break-out zone called the Virtual Area, several IT suites and sixth form common room, Mrs Gadd was keen to show off every highlight.
She said: "I've been walking round here for a while now and I'm still getting the 'wow'factor. I think it will be a long time before the kids find themselves becoming blase about everything. They will hopeful-ly be impressed for a good long time."
Mrs Gadd was also keen to dispel a village rumour that the Academy will not be ready in time for the new academic year, and said: "As you can see, everything is ready in terms of the structure.
"All we are doing now is fitting out the rooms with furniture and we have no reason to think we will not be completely finished in time."
Facilities such as the theatre and gym will be available for use and hire by local groups, to fulfill the requirement the Academy be a true community resource.
The sponsors of the project will be in school on Wednesday, but the official opening ceremony is not due to take place for several months to allow students and staff to adjust to their new surroundings.