Arnold to get £6m revamp

Headmaster Jim Keefe with pupils (from left), Ben Blake, Catherine Lusher and Amy Clark, looking at plans for the Design Centre
Headmaster Jim Keefe with pupils (from left), Ben Blake, Catherine Lusher and Amy Clark, looking at plans for the Design Centre
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MASSIVE changes are on the cards at Arnold School as plans are laid for a £6m revamp.

The huge development is expected to take three years but will transform the Blackpool independent school.

Boarding pupils could return to the Lytham Road site for the first time in 20 years and school leaders hope to revolutionise teaching facilities.

A state-of-the art resource centre, new classrooms and remodelled entrance and reception are just part of the plans.

Headteacher Jim Keefe said: “This is a fantastically exciting time. This is the largest investment in the school’s history and has huge significance for us.

“The changes we hope to make will make a massive difference to the quality of education we offer.”

Funding has come from the United Church Schools Foundation (UCSF). Planning permission has still to be sought.

Work will take place in three stages with some major refurbishment work inside the school due to begin in June. This will see the creation of a new sixth form centre and dining facility in what is currently the school’s design centre.

It is hoped this phase of work will be complete for students to use in September.

School leaders also hope to create new buildings on the site which will house a new library, classrooms, offices for staff and accommodation for boarding pupils.

The whole school will also undergo major refurbishment to improve its overall appearance.

Jim Keefe added: “We hope the resource centre will be incredibly modern with a strong focus on IT.”

Catherine Lusher, deputy head girl, said: “The plans look really exciting and I cannot wait to see the new sixth form facilities in September.”