Burnley High School has been given planning permission to build its new school on the site of the former Habergham High School.
The borough’s planning department has formally approved construction of the school on Byron Street subject to a list of conditions.
The building will create spaces that will support the innovation and high standards already apparent at the schoolExecutive Principal Mrs Elizabeth Haddock
Work will start as soon as possible but no final deadline for the move as yet been set.
Burnley High School’s Executive Principal, Mrs Elizabeth Haddock, was delighted with the announcement.
She said: “At last we are ready to start the final stage of the journey to Burnley High School being built on the old Habergham site. We are thrilled that the inspirational design for the building will now move forward to the construction phase.
“The building will create spaces that will support the innovation and high standards already apparent at the school.”
The new school will include a ‘super block’ - a large internal space at the centre of the building which will be used to foster a community feel.
The specialist subject areas will be located on the ground level with music and art located on the prominent approach corners to the building.
The sports hall and changing rooms will be to the east of the site with the staff and administration facilities also on the ground floor. The main hall will include feature steps which will double as an amphitheatre. At the top of the stairs there will be a library overlooking the playing fields, classrooms and special educational needs rooms.
The science department will be located in the building’s northern wing which will also house the sixth form and other general teaching classrooms.
Burnley High School, which is currently based in temporary accommodation at Parkhill Business Centre, Padiham Road, will have space for up to 650 pupils with provision for a sixth form on the new site.