Building work has finished and now it will be fitted out in time for September
Building work for the new £4.8m sixth form at Huish Episcopi Secondary School in Langport has finished in time for the new academic year.
Over the summer holidays final touches will be added to the two buildings, like classroom furniture and computers.
Once complete, the new facility will have an auditorium, internet cafe, plus art facilities, including a darkroom.
The school, which has been rated as outstanding by Ofsted, is in the process of applying for academy status.
In 2009, Huish was given permission to have a sixth form through the Labour's education plan, the Five Year Strategy for Children and Learners.
This was unveiled in July 2004 and made it easier for successful schools to acquire sixth forms.
The go-ahead was given, despite opposition from schools in the surrounding area, including Bridgwater College, Strode College, Street, and Richard Huish College, Taunton, which were already beacon status, and believed that the education provision was already varied and well-catered for.
Deputy head, Sarah Watson, said: "We had quite a battle on our hands because there was a lot of opposition from around the county to us having a sixth form.
"As one of the principles said, 'there is something special about Huish students,' and they didn't want to lose that, and appreciate that, but this is right for our students."
A core group of students helped influence the design process, like Kimberly, who will be studying at the sixth form later in the year.
"We put our ideas forward, like the shape of the building, colours, different textures, and we also helped with the subjects being chosen, like putting forward what we wanted to do, rather than the teachers."
For Sarah the completion of the multi-million pound project is a relief, given that so new school building plans such as Bridgwater and the Taunton Academy are under threat, as are many others across the country.
"We were really lucky actually, there were three schools in the area, Heathfield in Taunton, Castle School which will finish after us but they've also got a significant and really wonderful building.
I just think we were so lucky to get this when we did because obviously there are a lot of disappointed people out there hoping to have got new schools, having done a huge amount of work to try and design their building to transform their education, now being told that money has gone."
Over the next few months, Huish Episcopi will be working towards acquiring academy status, which could be achieved as early as September 2010.