THE £6 million redevelopment of Stonehenge School has been completed.
The scheme, funded by Wiltshire Council and the Department for Education, includes a new block with school hall, changing rooms, drama studio, fitness studio, music classrooms and practice rooms.
Completion of the new block will replace the old lower school building, which will now be demolished and the area converted into a Sport England-standard playing field.
Headteacher at the school, in Holders Road, Amesbury, Carole Dean, said: “The replacement for our older, original building means that pupils now have state-of-the-art facilities in which to receive their education.
“The older buildings had become somewhat dishevelled, and there were often occasions where students were not able to gain the full school experience.
“The new building is bright and vibrant and offers a range of spaces that can be utilised to support the arts in particular.”
She said musical and drama performances would get a boost from technology in the new block.
“With a large hall that includes top specification sound and lighting equipment, for dramatic and musical performances that will truly showcase the talent in our school,” Mrs Dean added.
“The tiered seating and large screen means that we now have our own lecture theatre, perfect for assemblies, but also something that can be utilised to support pupils throughout the curriculum.
“The new drama studio, activity studio, music classroom and music practice rooms give the new block the feel of a performing arts facility, adding to our vision that we want to ensure pupils are able to unlock their potential with us, and create a passion for lifelong learning.
“In addition, the new block contains specialised teaching and intervention spaces for pupils with Special Educational Needs in order to support a wide range of needs among pupils within the school.
“All of our pupils have been delighted with the change, and as their headteacher it is lovely to see it finally come to fruition.”
Cllr Laura Mayes, cabinet member for education and skills at Wiltshire Council, said: “This project supports Wiltshire Council’s priority to ensure that all young people get the best start in life.
“This investment follows the building of an extension that was opened in 2019, and with the added improvements to the rest of the school site, the students of Stonehenge School now have modern facilities they can really enjoy and thrive in.”