HEADTEACHER David Jones has welcomed the start of demolition work on his former Bognor Regis school.
Builders moved on to the site of the derelict Bognor Regis Community Centre campus last week.
They soon began tearing into a building in which tens of thousands of students had been taught since the 1930s.
Mr Jones said: “I’m delighted to see things happening because the old school had become a bit of an eyesore.
“I’m looking forward to new houses going up there.
“The old college had served the community well over a period of 70 years.
“But we have the most fantastic facilities here as has Southway Primary School next door. We have an exceptional campus with the skill and sports centres.”
The college had been boarded-up since it closed in July 2010 to move into new buildings on the opposite side of the campus entrance off Westloats Lane. It has since become The Regis School.
Bellway Homes is replacing the former college with 114 houses and flats.
It received approval for the housing in October.