Half million investment for Blackpool school

St George's School is set to have �500,000 invested in new classrooms and a sports hall for students.    '  School business manager Matt McIver is pictured with students L-R Connor Greaves, Jakob Walsh, Malika Banham, Keah Morris and Chelsea Cairns.

St George's School is set to have �500,000 invested in new classrooms and a sports hall for students. ' School business manager Matt McIver is pictured with students L-R Connor Greaves, Jakob Walsh, Malika Banham, Keah Morris and Chelsea Cairns.

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A Blackpool school is set for a half a million pound investment in teaching, library and sports facilities for children.

St George’s School, Marton, has secured the £500,000 to spend on new classrooms, a revamped sports hall and library twice the size of the current one on the grounds off Cherry Tree Road.

Work will begin during the summer holidays to change the school layout to create a multi purpose space where the 1950s sports hall currently stands.

The redesign will also see a new home created for the school’s pastoral team and a rebuilt student cafe area, with work expected to be finished by Easter term 2014.

Matt McIver, school business manager, said: “The old gym is one of the few areas of the original building which we haven’t had the opportunity to develop.

“The Learning Hub will contain a new library for the school almost double the size of the current one.

“The changing rooms will become new learning spaces and an expanded Watershed, a pupil run fair trade coffee shop.

“The main downstairs space will be an open plan flexible learning area and will be a fantastic resource.”

The revamped building will have a new roof, windows, flooring, electrics, and improved heating and lighting.

The church school has been helped to secure the £500,000 by Blackpool Council and the Diocese of Blackburn.

Senior staff say they plan to open up the new areas for use by the community too.

Mr McIver added: “This exciting project is just another step in our progress towards Outstanding.”

The school will be working with consultants Cassidy and Ashton on the development.