School’s expansion plans to cope with extra pupils

Rossett School. 091006GS6.
Rossett School. 091006GS6.

Major expansion work worth £1million is to be carried out at a Harrogate secondary school to cope with a growing number of pupils.

Rossett School has been given the grant to build six new classrooms - and replace its ageing boiler - before a vastly expanded new intake starts in September.

The school already has 1,424 students but that number will rise to 1,539 in the new academic year, forcing them to create an additional two classes for its Year 7 starters.

“Given that the school is oversubscribed, [the new classrooms] will provide essential accommodation for the pupils who are joining us in September,” said headteacher Pat Hunter.

“There’s also a growing demand for places in the sixth form, so extra space is going to be increasingly important over the next few years.”

A rise in birth rates over the last decade has prompted the need for more school places across the country.

The population boom in Harrogate mirrors this national trend.

And to cope with this growing numbers of secondary school pupils, the Academies Trust has granted the funds to Rossett School to build six classrooms at a cost of £800,000.

A firm of architects has been appointed for the building project.

The school says the work, which is expected to take four months, is set to begin before the summer holidays.

The remaining £200,000 grant is to replace the ageing boiler which has served the school since it was built 40 years ago.

The secondary school has recently undergone an additional programme of investments, purchasing new windows for the front of the building and the main hall, a new ceiling for one of the main corridors, new lighting and internal doors.

Future plans include installing solar panels to improve Rossett’s carbon footprint and reduce its energy bills.

“As well as providing extra space and a better environment for our current pupils, these improvements will ensure we can look after future generations for the next 40 years and beyond,” said Mrs Hunter.

“The boiler is the same one which was installed when the school was originally built.

“The fact that we’re celebrating our 40th anniversary this year is an indication of just how long it has served us for.”

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