Woolwich Polytechnic School for Girls is finally complete and set to open fully later this year.

The 8,900sqm state-of-the-art three-storey new-build topped out when the final roof tile was put in place.

The new school in Birchdene Drive, Thamesmead, will open in September and hold 1,200 pupils aged 11 to 16 plus staff across eight forms of entry.

Initial intake will see 240 Year 7 students begin school.

Woolwich Poly was originally only a co-educational sixth form but plans were submitted in 2017 to widen the reach.

Cllr David Gardner, deputy leader and cabinet member for children’s services at Greenwich Council, said:"We look forward to welcoming Woolwich Polytechnic School for Girls into the fold of the borough’s family of schools. Greenwich is a great place to grow up.

"The majority of our schools are either good or outstanding and the new girls’ polytechnic will further enhance the high quality of education available in our borough."

The school building has been funded by the Department of Education and will be run by the PolyMAT academy chain, which also runs Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys.

The girls' school will have 29 classrooms, 10 science laboratories, eight ICT suites, three art classrooms, and classrooms for music, drama and general practice as well as a four-court sports hall.

Subreena Kazmi, headteacher of the new school, said: "It is wonderful to see Woolwich Polytechnic School for Girls becoming a reality.

"The support has been overwhelming and to be oversubscribed in our first year is something truly special.

"We are delighted that Thamesmead will at long last have equal secondary school provision for girls and boys and we are looking forward to Poly Girls and Poly Boys being a central part of the local community for many years to come."