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Extension project
Nottingham High School have started building a £5 million two-storey extension to the Junior School. This scheme is designed to provide additional capacity to meet the increased demand for places as a result of the School becoming co-educational since welcoming girls in 2015.
The new Junior School building will have a modern, multi-purpose Sports Hall, a spacious and contemporary Library, six additional classrooms, larger outdoor play areas, an Amphitheatre for creative, outdoor lessons and play, a new Art and DT room and a bright atrium and exhibition Space. The development also moves the visitor and staff parking to the perimeter of the site. Phase 1 of the 5 phases of the building works is currently underway. Foundations have
been started, exterior buildings have been demolished and works are now starting on the outdoor amphitheatre area.
Kevin Fear, Headmaster of Nottingham High School has said
“This exciting project has been driven by the success of our move to co-education. Our aim is to become the premier selective, independent school in the region and this development will allow more children to attend our already very popular school.”
There will also be a new Reception classroom built over the summer holiday to accommodate the increase in demand for infant school places.
Clare Bruce, Head of Nottingham High Infant & Junior School expressed her “excitement at this expansion of the Junior School. Our school is growing as a result of the very successful move to co- education and our success in being placed 8th nationally in this year’s Sunday Times Parent Power survey. These new facilities will enhance our already excellent teaching and provide opportunities for even more children in the future.”
The Junior School extension work will be complete by spring 2018.
Kevin Fear and Clare Bruce on site
Redevelopment work
Pictures: glimpses of the new library and boarding room
Work is set to get under way on
a £3m redevelopment project at Tettenhall College, West Midlands.
Plans include a striking new sixth form centre, a modernised library, upgraded boarding houses and additional sporting facilities.
The new sixth form centre at the heart of the School will provide the best of both worlds for pupils with a mezzanine ICT and study area. A brand new contemporary sixth form common room is
also planned and is due to be completed by Autumn 2017.
Sport will be given a boost with the installation of two multi- purpose games areas, for tennis, netball and football. In addition, the School’s squash courts will be given a refurbishment thanks to
a former pupil’s generous legacy. Graham Aston a keen squash player and former Head Boy, left a £400,000 legacy to the School to develop the sport at the School.
As a result of this funding, the School is able to offer several academic scholarships available for students looking for Sixth Form places in September 2017, open to
applicants with immediate effect.
The School’s Boarding Houses celebrate their 150th anniversary this year and will also be refurbished with a modern and welcoming new look as well as stylish ensuite bathrooms.
Headmaster David Williams said: “We are very pleased that work will begin on these exciting redevelopments at Tettenhall College. We are already proud of our educational offering to pupils and the proposed upgrades will strengthen this further.
“The work undertaken will blend the contemporary with the historic, which supports our drive to maintain traditional values while moving forward with the times.”
As part of the works, renovation of The Towers, one of Wolverhampton’s few Grade
II* listed buildings, will be undertaken. The ‘Towers’ were added in 1866 by eccentric owner and inventor Colonel Thomas Thorneycroft but now houses the School’s theatre which regularly hosts local community theatre groups.
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