School sounds note of success in revamp

Musicians from Kirkham Grammar School perform in their new music centre.
Musicians from Kirkham Grammar School perform in their new music centre.
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A MULTI-MILLION pound investment in facilities was music to the ears of staff and pupils at this Fylde school.

And now the hallways are filled with the sweet sound of learning at Kirkham Grammar.

A new music centre has officially opened within the school, offering students space to practice and perfect their abilities on a variety of instruments.

The opening marks the final phase of a £5m development in the school, with £1.5 million being spent on the new music facilities and the Fulford-Brown Sports Centre.

A new sixth form centre, science buildings and an interactive classroom development have also been included in the school grounds on Ribby Road, Kirkham.

And headmaster Douglas Walker today told The Gazette the work was already paying off.

He added: “Music is such a central part of our school and it is wonderful to be able to provide all our musicians with the facilities they deserve.”

The school’s many aspiring musicians have hailed the centre as a “haven” in which to perfect their talents.

Pupil Elizabeth Brocklehurst, from Knott End, said it was fantastic to be able to spend lunchtimes performing pieces of music with her friends in the recital rooms.

The 14-year-old, who plays trombone and violin, added: “It’s a lovely place, like a little haven for us musicians.”

The Robotham Music Centre has been named in recognition of the work of 
Professor Barbara Robotham.

She was a governor at the school for 30 years and who has enjoyed a successful career teaching singing at the Royal Northern College of Music.

The school’s developments have been realised by Prof Robotham and the rest of the school’s governing body over the last 10 years.

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