A MALVERN school has announced exciting plans to build a new Sixth Form building to help accommodate its increasing number of students.
Bosses at Hanley Castle High School want to have a new building in place with the number of over 16s at the school rising up by 50 per cent over the past three years.
The school’s sixth form is currently based in its 600-year-old Grade II listed Sixth Form House but the school want to build to a new modern building so its sixth formers can take full advantage of modern facilities while the original building is preserved for future generations to enjoy.
The new building, which could be ready next year, has been designed by the school’s pupils and will provide students with a new common room, IT suite, library and rooms for independent study.
Headteacher Lindsey Cooke told the Observer the school would submit a planning application to Malvern Hills District Council in the near future.
“We are working hard with conservation officers, planners and local residents to ensure this new building enhances the village and helps preserve what is one of the most inspirational school environments in England,” she said.
“The Sixth Form House has been here for 600 years and we want to make sure it is here for the next 600 years.
“Our sixth form students deserve the very best accommodation possible to support their talent and dedication to their studies.”
Alfie Russell, a Year 11 student at the school, added: “I really like the old Sixth form House, it is a bit like Alice in Wonderland. But we now need something more open plan, modern and spacious.”