THIS is the first look at the multi-million pound state-of-the-art school that will be built at the heart of the biggest housing estate in Chester.
Built in 1967 and originally called Charles Kingsley Secondary Modern School, the outdated Blacon High School building will be razed to the ground and replaced with a modern new school.
Funded through the £2.4bn Priority School Building Programme, the new building on Melbourne Road is expected to be open in 2017.
Sue Yates, headteacher of Blacon High School, said she hoped the new building would signal an even brighter future for the school – ranked as one of the top 100 improving schools in the country.
She said: “The future is very bright for this school and the Blacon community. I am very proud of the achievements of our students here at Blacon High School. The fantastic outcomes – now a four-year trend of improvements – are as a consequence of high ambition and expectation in the school.
“The new building will be designed to accommodate 600 students and will allow Blacon High School to meet the growing population needs of the local community by becoming the first choice secondary school for students and parents.
“The new building will support highly personalised curriculum pathways for all of our students to ensure that they all secure the best outcomes.”
The new school will have specialist science laboratories, dedicated art and design areas and state-of-the-art IT equipment, although it will not include a sixth form.
Cheshire West and Chester Council secured funding for the new building from the Department for Education (DfE) last year.
DfE officials will appoint contractors to deliver the new school. Although the exact details have still to be confirmed, it seems likely the new school will be built on the playing fields and the existing building will be demolished once this has been completed to make way for new playing fields.
Mrs Yates said she was keen to ensure as smooth as transition as possible in order for school to build on its success in recent years, which has seen significant improvements in GCSE results, a growing pupil intake and some pupils going on to sixth form at The King’s School and Queen’s School.
She said: “Teaching and learning here is inspirational and the care and guidance and support that we can offer our students is of the highest quality.
“Our open door policy to parents and carers visiting the school to see the exciting things that are happening demonstrates our confidence. The new building will take us forward in our exciting future progress.”