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Cheltenham's new All Saints' Academy 'topping out' held

The 'topping out' ceremony at Cheltenham's new All Saint's Academy
Image caption The £24.6m academy has been built on the site of the former Kingsmead School

Construction of Cheltenham's new All Saints' Academy has reached the top of the building.

A traditional 'topping out' ceremony was held to mark the "milestone" in the £24.6m building's progress.

Building work began in April last year and the new building is due to open to students in September.

The academy, sponsored by the Anglican diocese of Gloucester and the Catholic diocese of Clifton, will specialise in science, sport and religious education.

Principal designate Peter Kingham, who placed the final piece of concrete on the roof, said he could "now see what an iconic building this will be".

Helena Arnold, director of children and young people's department at Gloucester Diocese, added that it was "fantastic" to see the sponsor's vision translated into a building "which will provide first-class facilities for students".

Work will now begin on the internal fitting out of the new building.

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