Building is underway on a new Blackpool school extension aimed at bringing children closer to nature.
The new five classroom teaching block at Park Community Academy, in Whitegate Drive, will see pupils learning against a woodland backdrop which forms part of the newly-extended grounds on the site of the former Whitegate Family Centre.
Business manager Annie Millard said: “The children are looking forward to a much larger outdoor play area that we are looking to develop as a forest school area. We are also looking at developing an outdoor gym area and our Key Stage Twos [children aged seven to 11] can use.
“Having extra classrooms will reduce our class sizes, giving all the children in our school extra space.
“Our pupil population has risen by 40 per cent in four years. We converted to an academy in 2013 and since then we have taken in 100 more pupils. We needed more classrooms and we took the opportunity to make it a really good building, promote outdoor learning, and really improve our pupils’ exerience as well.”
When finished, the classrooms will feature natural lighting, automatic windows, low-energy under floor heating, sensor controlled lighting, and water-saving toilets.
The building will also be naturally ventilated in a bid to keep the project as eco-friendly as possible.
The classrooms are expected to open in September.