Priory Academy to put wow factor into new labs

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Plans have been unveiled for a major new redevelopment at a Penwortham school.

New headteacher at Priory Academy, Matt Eastham is spearheading the £750,000 investment project which will see the schools’ science laboratories completely rebuilt and refurbished.

Matt Eastham, headteacher at Penwortham Priory Academy

Matt Eastham, headteacher at Penwortham Priory Academy

The latest proposal for the Crow Hills Road school follows hard on the heels of the opening of a new £1m languages and humanities block and will complement the state-of-the-art technology block.

An ultra-modern artificial sports surface is also on the agenda.

Mr Eastham, who took over the reins of the school in September from Jim Hourigan, has been at the school since 1996 when he started as a trainee PE teacher.

He rose up the ranks to become director of sport after playing a key role in the acquisition of sports school status.

After becoming assistant head he was appointed deputy head in 2011.

Mr Eastham said facilities at the school have changed considerably since his early days.

He added: “ This is not the end of it.

“The school is looking fantastic but there are still areas I want to push on with redevelopment

“The actual facilities and resources we have will be second to none.”

The last redevelopment project will involve a complete rebuild of the older part of the school’s science labs, creating new rooms more akin to modern teaching and are expected to have “ the wow factor.”

Work will expected to start after Christmas and is expected to be completed before the end of this academic year.

This is not the first major project Mr Eastham has been involved in, although it is the first he will be overseeing as headteacher.

He said he was looking forward to the challenge of running the school and said: “ I am extremely honoured . I

“It is a real privilege and pleasure. I am passionate about Priory and about the pupils. ”