Work has begun on a £400,000 extension to a Preston high school.Advertisement
Moor Park High School and Sixth Form is being extended to have a two-storey extension added to its building nestled in the historic park.
A 1,100 square foot addition is to create two new classrooms on the ground and first floor.
This will allow Moor Park to take in 30 additional pupils per year.
Peter Cunningham, headteacher at Moor Park High School and Sixth Form, said: “Moor Park is recognised for the excellent standards of education provided for the students. Demand for places has increased as a result and we received a record number of appeals this year and had to create an additional class in Year 7.
“Now the governors have agreed to increase our admission number from next September, we are planning to provide new classrooms and extra facilities to accommodate the increasing number of students in the future.
“The school has been transformed over the past year with a new sixth form and improvements to all our facilities. Inspectors were very impressed when they visited us in September and praised the school and the students very highly. The increasing demand for places clearly reflects the commitment and dedication of the hard working staff team and students in Moor Park.”
Architects Cassidy and Ashton have released the artist impressions showing how the glass-fronted extension will took.
Alistair Baines, chairman at Cassidy and Ashton, said: “Our re-appointment to design the next phase of development is testament to the whole team, with phase 3 continuing to reflect the school’s educational excellence and ambition to grow.
“There’s an urgent need for additional school places following recent surges in demand and this project will help alleviate this pressure and ensure local school children are able to attend their establishment of choice.”
Work is expected to be finished by the summer.