High School's upgrade 'fantastic news for Lytham and St Annes', says MP

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A radical new look for Fylde's biggest school thanks to a Government funding scheme has been greeted as 'fantastic news' by the area's MP.

Lytham St Annes High School has been named as one of 50 schools nationwide to receive a share of £1 billion through the Government’s School’s Rebuilding

Programme and it is hoped work could start later this year.

The project will involve replacing more than 70 per cent of the classrooms, some of which date back to its founding as Ansdell Secondary Modern School in 1955, as well as delivering new, state of the art sporting facilities.

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Lytham St Annes High SchoolLytham St Annes High School
Lytham St Annes High School

Fylde MP Mark Menzies said: “This is fantastic news for Lytham and St Annes.

"Headteacher Ray Baker has made immense changes at the school since coming in. He had already secured a new technology block and made further improvements to the school buildings.

“This new project, thanks to his vision and the Government’s funding, will ensure a wonderful school environment for students for generations to come. The high school will have the best facilities available anywhere in the country.”

Buildings retained after the overhaul will include the science block, performing arts block and the recently opened design technology block.

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Headteacher Ray BakerHeadteacher Ray Baker
Headteacher Ray Baker

Ray Baker, head of the Ansdell-based school, which has some 1,500 pupils, said: ““It will be lovely to match our excellent reputation and track record in the classroom with first class facilities.

" We have worked closely with the Department for Education over recent months to see what might be possible on our site.

“Despite spending extensively to maintain our current facilities, it has become clear that a newly designed, environmentally friendly alternative would provide a facility for this area that would benefit everyone, for a long time to come."

The Government has indicated that construction will begin on a number of the projects from this autumn and the majority of the first 50 rebuild projects are expected to be completed within three to five years.

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