School’s £1.3m improvement

The final phase of a Harrogate school’s multi-million-pound campus improvement scheme has begun.

The work at Ashville College, which will be completed ahead of the new school year in September, is centred around its Elmfield teaching block, the senior girls’ boarding house and dining room.

The £1.3m project, being carried out by Leeds-based Jack Lunn, will include the total refurbishment of ten classrooms. As well as the ceilings being lowered, new windows, doors and central heating radiators are being fitted throughout.

In addition to the overhaul of all teaching and learning areas attention is being turned to enhancing other aspects of the pupils’ environment.

Norfolk House, the senior girls’ boarding house, is seeing a continuation of phased work started there 12 months ago and the dining room is being redecorated.

Ashville College headteacher Mark Lauder said: “This is the last piece of a five year, £5m jigsaw to transform the areas of teaching and learning within the senior school.

“When the pupils return in September, the Elmfield Teaching Block will be virtually unrecognisable.

“Now that work to all the teaching and learning areas has been completed, we can now turn our attention to other parts of the pupils’ environment.

“This will include a new astro turf surface for hockey and tennis, which will be suitable for staging regional tournaments.

“We are also going to be carrying out a major drainage exercise under all of our playing surfaces and carrying out at a major refurbishment of the Soothill Hall, which is our main auditorium.”