By Connie Osborne Thursday 03 October 2013 Updated: 04/10 07:29
WORK has begun to expand one of Alcester’s schools.
Construction on the new three-storey building at Alcester Grammar School started last month with the hope of accommodating 150 more pupils over the next five years.
Currently over 1,000 students a year apply to the school which is ranked 30th nationally for its GCSE results. Last year there were 500 applications alone for students wanting to enter Year 12, despite the entire sixth form only having capacity for 550 pupils.
The site known as the Spencer Building will include five language classrooms, two chemistry labs and two food technology rooms as well as a new multi-use sports area which has already been built behind the school’s sports hall.
The plans will also feature solar panels to decrease carbon emissions, while the school is also looking into a green travel policy to minimise traffic disruption for residents.
Malcolm Priest, managing director for construction company Greswolde, said: “We are very used to working on live sites and students are always very interested in what we’re doing. Our teams are very happy to turn that into an educational advantage.
School finance director Paul Kelly added: “The team is keen we use the experience to educate the students. We are looking at ways to make curricular links to their work.”
The building is expected to be completed by the middle of June next year.
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