School to be rebuilt with new facilities

Future plans: An artist's impression of how the new school will look
Future plans: An artist's impression of how the new school will look
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Plans have been submitted to Blackpool Council for a new high school in the resort.

The scheme will see South Shore Academy on St Annes Road rebuilt, with new classrooms constructed directly behind the existing school.

Pupils will continue to be taught on the site – formerly known as Palatine High School – while construction of the three storey school is going ahead.

General classrooms will be provided on the first floor and science labs and art rooms on the second floor, while the new school will also have its own sports hall to remove the academy’s reliance on facilities at Palatine Leisure Centre.

The existing school will be demolished and a visitor and staff car park created on the footprint, with a separate tree-lined cycle path and footpath.

A design brief accompanying the application says: “The masterplan ensures the new school buildings are located to provide a safe environment for staff and students, while appearing open to the community for evening and after-school performances.

“In addition, the school plan includes a separate sports hall building containing sports hall, activity studio, changing and a small staff and community office.”

These are the second set of proposals for a new school to be lodged with the council in recent weeks - Hawes Side Academy on Pedders Lane is also being rebuilt.

Both projects are funded by the Government’s multi-million pound Priority School Building Programme, which replaced Labour’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, which was cancelled. Collegiate, Highfurlong and South Shore Academy have also received funding through the programme.

Planners set to have new buildings open by 2017

The proposed school buildings will provide space for 900 students aged between 11 and 16.

An area at the front of the school will be used to accommodate a new multi-use games area (MUGA).

The positioning of the new school and sports hall seeks to minimise the loss of existing playing fields due to the development.

All the new schools in the latest phase of the Priority School Rebuilding Programme are due to be ready for their first pupils by September 2017.