A secondary school has unveiled a “fantastic” new science, technology, English and maths building.

Watford Grammar School for boys invited MP Richard Harrington to tour round the three-floor centre.

It includes science labs and an engineering room, as well as maths and computer classrooms.

Mr Harrington joined in on one of the first lessons in the building.

He said: “I think it’s absolutely fantastically impressive.

“When I first saw the model of it I thought, is it going to happen is it not going to happen?

“It looked very expensive and beyond the technology anyone of my age is used to.

“But here it is and it has come out completely up to expectations.”

The school hopes to forge links with businesses, universities and the community.

Head teacher Ian Cooksey said: “We hope to bring subjects to life in real world applications.

“It’s our intention to work even more with local businesses, industries and universities to try and provide students with the opportunity to engage with real life challenges.”

He added: “This building has been a concept for a number of years and we’ve put in bids through time, some of which have been unsuccessful, but we persevered.”

More than 150 parents donated to help make the centre a reality, as well as the Friends of the School and Old Fullerians Association.

The school has 1,400 students.

Hollie Rendall, the school’s development director said: “Its puts us not only level with other schools but also ahead of the other schools in the county, possibly in private school.

“We want to provide an excellent education and give them the best possible chance to be at the top of their game.”