Maidenhill School pupils help to shape £3.8 million makeover which will benefit the whole community
CREATIVE pupils have seen some of their design ideas come to life as their school gets a £3.8 million makeover.
The first phase of refurbishments at Maidenhill School in Stonehouse is complete and the finished section is now clad in grey panels with red highlights around the door.
Groups of Maidenhill students worked with the architects, Roberts Limbrick, to share their ideas for the school - particularly the appearance and the use of the outdoor spaces.
"This is a really exciting time for everyone associated with Maidenhill," said head teacher Pam Wilson.
"I am delighted that our students and the wider community are at last getting the learning environment they deserve.
"We are very proud of our school's improvements over the last few years and the new-look building and improved facilities will be a huge benefit for the whole community."
Three newly refurbished classrooms have been in use since Christmas giving students and teachers the opportunity to preview the facilities before all the building work is completed next February.
Students have described the finished rooms as fresh and colourful, and that the new double glazed windows allow a lot of light to enter.
The lights have been changed to provide the best learning environment and the heating system has been upgraded making the classrooms more energy efficient.
Phase Two began after Christmas on transforming six more classrooms Ð which will include two large computer suites - and plans are to finish this section by the Easter holidays.
The third phase will involve reorganising the area of the school which contains the English classrooms and administration offices and building a new learning resource centre.
"We have been getting quite excited about choosing the seating for the new resource centre as we want to create an atmosphere where the students would want to spend their down time," said Mrs Wilson.
When the project is finished next year the school will have a new roof, the external cladding replaced, new solar glass windows and a huge internal makeover.