PUPILS slam dunked with joy as new basketball courts were unveiled this week.

The new courts were opened on Monday as part of a redevelopment of Oxford Spires Academy’s site.

The old science building at the Glanville Road school was demolished in December and since then work has been going on to landscape the area.

Headteacher Sue Croft said the students were thrilled with the new basketball courts.

She said: “The basketball courts are one of the things the students specifically asked us for so it’s great we can give them that.

“They have been out there practicing before and after school as well as on breaks.

“The area is just so lovely and open now that it has all been completed, with big, wide views. It is fantastic.”

The school opened a new £8.2m science and business block last November, called the Reuben Business and Science Faculty Building.

It took three years to construct the building, which has 10 new science labs, ICT suites, a sixth-form centre and a lecture theatre that can hold up to 330 people.