Paxman Academy: From difficult times comes a fresh start
Alderman Blaxill School had a tough ride.
Opening in 1955 it survived two attempts by Essex County Council to close it.
Still, after a long and challenging fight, it shut in 2014 due to falling pupil numbers.
It was the end of an era when the school in Paxman Avenue, Colchester, was turned to rubble last year.
However, after visiting the building site where a new secondary school is planned, the impressive steel structure which now stands there resembles a phoenix rising from the ashes.