A school has unveiled a new state-of-the-art fitness suite as part of an £11.6 million expansion.

The brand new fitness centre is the second of three phases to expand Woodbridge High School in St Barnabas Road, Woodford Green.

The first phase of the extension project was the opening of a new canteen last November, which cost £1.7 million.

The new gym is kitted out with state-of-the-art weight and cardio machines and has been busy with pupils since the official opening earlier this year.

Woodbridge’s assistant head teacher Jeremy Clifton said: “We are delighted with our new fitness centre.

“The state of the art fitness gym and activity studio are proving to be very popular and are packed out with students every day at lunchtime and after school.”

Work is under way to complete the final phase of the extension project, which will see a new school building and provide space for an extra 60 pupils year on year.

The news comes after a political row between councillors over the delayed installation of a pedestrian crossing to accommodate the extra Woodbridge students.