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TV presenter, ambassador for women in mathematics and former Southend High School for Girls student, Rachel Riley, took a break from her hectic work schedule this week to formally open the Brierley Building at Southend High School for Girls.  The Brierley Building, named after the current Headteacher who retires later this year, is a state of the art 8 classroom block. The spacious, high ceiling rooms have been a massive hit with the year 11 students who have the great pleasure of using them as their form base and with both the English department and the geography department, for whom it is their new teaching base.  Each room is equipped with the latest interactive TV teaching technology, intelligent and environmentally friendly heating/cooling systems and (in two rooms) concertina folding wall divides to create a large lecture or performance space when required.  It also provides much needed office space for the English and geography departments and two members of the pastoral team.  The block is the final part of the school's expansion programme started 4 years ago.  In September 2019 the school will have 180 students in years 7-11 and the classroom block is much needed accommodation for this expanded number.  The school is proud to say that with the increase in the number of students they have seen a healthy increase in the proportion of students taking up places from within the local area and an increase in the number of disadvantaged students achieving places at the school.  Coupled with the recently refurbished science laboratories and resurfaced netball courts the school is even better prepared to take on the challenge of providing its students with the education necessary for them to be happy and successful in the 21st century.