A Penwortham school is spending £1m on its 60th birthday present.
Work is due to start on a new state of-the art languages and humanities centre at the Crow Hills Road school.
The Academy is having a revamp with work due to start in October and finishing in April.
The project will see part of the original building, dating back to the early days of the former Penwortham Secondary School, demolished to make way for a refurbishment of geography, history RE and languages with additional music and performing areas being created.
The up-to-date centre has been funded with 10 per cent from the academy coffers and the rest from the Academies Trust.Headteacher Jim Hourigan said:“The school has been here for 60 years – we celebrate our 60th anniversary this year - and obviously some of it is still the original building,” s
“It’s time to move things forward to reflect the current climate with more learning space and to be more flexible.
“It’s for humanities and languages but there will also be a music studio and a performing area.”
The makeover follows hard on the heels of a multi-million pound new technology block at the 800 plus pupils school.
Penwortham Priory is at the forefront of technology and is one of only a small number of schools in the country where all pupils at four out of the five years do their lessons on iPads.
The school recent,ly added adding a GCSE Astronomy to the curriculum for students - and staff!
Thirty students have already signed up to the course which will take place every Friday after school – and they will sit alongside several of their teachers who are also keen to boost their astronomy knowledge.
Science teacher Rebecca Honeyman said the school’s enthusiasm for star gazing came about after a visit from Professor Andy Newsam from Liverpool John Moores University.
She added: “He came to conduct an Astor, tour which involved a star gazing evening with the local community, Big Bang seminars and just a general introduction to astronomy.
“Not only did this inspire the students but it enthused the staff to expand their knowledge so we are all keen to study the GCSE Astronomy course.”
Staff study alongside pupils and will take the exams.