WORK is due to start on the next phase of Preston’s newest sixth form centre.
Moor Park High School in Deepdale Road started delivering a sixth form curriculum for the first time and has now announced that the second part of it’s impressive new development will start in the New Year.
The new £2m centre will house flexible teaching spaces, group rooms and a science lab, completing the suite of modern sixth form facilities available at the school and bringing together years 12 and 13 for the first time.
The first part of the project was completed in October and aw a state-of-the-art sports hall built on the west side of the site.
The old gymnasium was converted into classrooms and an extended dining room.
The site had previously been home to a building until the late 1980s, which is understood to have been the school canteen.
The facility has been designed by local leading architects Cassidy and Ashton.
Headteacher Peter Cunningham, said: “The strategic vision underpinning our new sixth form is rooted in raising aspirations and achievement for our pupils.
The modern purpose built design will extend and enhance our facilities by providing excellent sixth form provision that will build on our established outstanding education at Key Stage three and four to create an exciting new future.”
Alistair Baines, lead architect and director at Cassidy and Ashton, said: “This is a monumental project for Moor Park, providing a truly 21st century home for the unique learning environment they are aiming to build.
“As the sixth form centre is in a very prominent position on Deepdale Road, it was crucial that our designs reflected the school’s educational excellence and ambitious teaching programmes.
“We are sure the new facilities will accommodate these aims.”
The school is marking it’s centenary this year celebrating the opening of the school back in 1913.
The site was originally home to Preston Grammar School for Boys and the impressive building, which fronts Moor Park Avenue, still retains many of the original features inside and out