New Burnley high school design unveiled

Burnley High School
Burnley High School

Detailed plans for the design of the new Burnley High School have been unveiled at a public consultation.

The Burnley Express revealed in May that the free school will be built on the site of the former Habergham High school, which is set to be demolished.

Burnley High School

Burnley High School

The move follows the scrapping of plans to refurbish Habergham after the discovery of old mining activities under the buildings forced a rethink.

The mine workings will be made secure as part of the rebuild.

Parents and members of the public visited the Parkhill Business Centre, where the school is currently based, to see the designs prepared by J.M. Architects of Manchester and staff at the school.

Executive principal Mrs Elizabeth Haddock revealed she had a big say in the plans which will see the school based around an open central space.

We have gone for a very modern construction called a superblock which creates a huge internal space with classrooms round the outside

Executive principal Mrs Elizabeth Haddock

She said: “We wanted the school to be as open as possible. We have gone for a very modern construction called a superblock which creates a huge internal space with classrooms round the outside.

“This will suit our ethos and style of teaching which is very much project-based. It is exciting to finally see the plans and we are looking forward to the future.”

Burnley High School, run by Chapel Street Community Schools Trust, currently has 32 children in its one year group. It is expecting to welcome around 90 children in its next intake of Year 7 this September.

The three-storey new school will include provision for a sixth form and accommodation for up to 650 pupils.

Burnley High School

Burnley High School

The former Habergham building has been empty since Burnley’s other five secondary schools moved into new buildings as part of the £250m. Building Schools For The Future programme.

Eric Wright Construction has been commissioned to carry out the work.

Burnley High School

Burnley High School