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  • Enhanced teaching resources for sports and leisure courses

  • A fully equipped professional training kitchen

  • Multi-functional cinema/stage/dining facility

  • New media suite

  • Conference/large group work facility

  • Small group-working rooms

  • Hairdressing

  • State-of-the-art facilities

Facilities

In 2011, we opened our most recent building programme so that the school can have additional classrooms whilst also housing permanent facilities for our specialist Hearing and Language units (£0.5 million, Local Authority funding).

The new facilities add state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and learning in all subjects, with specialist facilities for a range of academic and practical subject areas including:

Classrooms for general teaching

ICT

Two dedicated ICT teaching rooms complemented by a further 5 suites in other areas providing over 120 new workstations for student access.

Creative and Media

A fully equipped recording studio and media lab enabling project work of all descriptions from the production and recording of a live performance on stage to individual instrument recording and audio pod-casts, also including 16 high-spec iMacs for multi-media production.

Sport and Leisure

Enhanced teaching resources for sports and leisure courses complementing the £1.2 million upgrade of outdoor facilities including the third-generation all-weather pitch, re-surfaced tennis and ball-sports pitches and other improvements.

Hospitality and Catering

A fully equipped professional training kitchen capable of running a service for 140 guests, a dedicated ICT based teaching room, inside and outside dining facilities.

Construction and the Built Environment

A separate building comprising a craft space, painting and decorating booths, a sheltered bricklaying and outdoor crafts area, an ICT suite, changing and storage facilities.

Hair and Beauty

A professional hair and beauty training salon with 8 cutting stations, teaching station and four beds.

Shared Resources

Including a multi-functional cinema/stage/dining facility, a conference/large group work facility, small group-working rooms, offices and outdoor learning space.

Specialist resources for our Hearing and Language Units:

  • a shared reception and ICT work space
  • acoustically treated teaching and small group-working spaces for hearing impaired students
  • teaching and small group working spaces for our Language unit which also comprises a kitchen space for life skills work and a sensory garden for secluded, quiet play

Funding for this project was awarded by the Young People’s Learning Agency in recognition of the school’s High Performing Specialist Status.