Teachers and parents back expansion plan
PLANS for a £3.5 million expansion of a fee-paying school have gone on show.
Parents, pupils and teachers inspected the proposals for Newcastle-under-Lyme School at a public consultation event over the weekend.
The plans include a new library and improved science facilities.
Parent Joanne Healings, aged 43, of May Bank, whose daughter Emma and son Jack attend the school, said: "The plans are excellent.
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"It makes a lot of sense to bring the two science blocks together and I think the children will appreciate more open space.
"My children are in year nine and year 10 so they will be able to experience this if all things go to plan.
"It will also make it easier for parents when they have to pick up their children as they don't have to try to get to two different sides of the school at the same time."
Chairman of governors Rosemary Evans said: "The plans are superb and will make the best use of that part of the school.
"The scheme will give a totally modern and futuristic appeal to the students and will take our delivery of science to the cutting edge."
The plans include merging the school's science blocks, refurbishing eight of the science labs and building three new labs.
The development will also include a new library and resource centre and will see the introduction of a new cafe and viewing area.
School Bursar John Longdon added: "People have embraced the plans because they are really positive about the confidence of the school.
"They think it is a very good move."
Director of admissions Ian Cartwright added: "There were all sorts of things going on at the open event on Saturday, but the plans were very much the focal point and we have had very positive feedback."
Architects' drawings can be seen online at www.nuls.org.uk.