Lytham St Anne’s High School, the biggest school in the Fylde Borough, was one of fifty schools nationally to receive a share of £1bn funding through the Government’s School’s Rebuilding Programme. As a consequence the school has now lodged proposals with Fylde Council to build a new large two-storey teaching building and a new sports centre at the site. If the plans are accepted the school will erect the new state of the art buildings, which will be followed by the demolition of the existing teaching and learning facilities. A car park repositioning as well as the replacement of two sports courts are also part of the extensive redevelopment plans.
A letter informing parents of the school of these large scale improvements said, ‘The proposals will ensure continuity of provision for the school and for community users during the build process, without the need for any temporary teaching accommodation.’
Lytham St Anne’s High School is the biggest school in Fylde borough, with more than 1,400 pupils. At the time of the award of the funding for this initiative, Headteacher Ray Baker said: ‘This is wonderful news. We have worked closely with the Department for Education over recent months to see what might be possible on our site. Despite spending extensively to maintain our current facilities, it has become clear that a newly designed, environmentally friendly alternative would provide a facility for this area that would benefit everyone, for a long time to come. It is also exciting to be part of a scheme that commits to reducing the carbon footprint, aiming for us to be a Net Carbon Zero site.’
Beverley Harrison, Chair of the School’s Governing Body, said: ‘As an ex pupil of the school I couldn’t be happier that our pupils and staff will get super new classrooms and sports facilities they so richly deserve.’
Lynne Davies, the Vice-Chair of the Governing Body added, ‘LSA is an excellent school, with great staff and wonderful students. As governors, we support the school in providing the best possible resources and this is excellent news for everyone. We are proud of our school and looking at the numbers of students applying for place, it is clear that people locally recognise the exciting future we have ahead of us. With the buildings being replaced dating back to 1955, it is testament to the school that the facilities have remained so good for so long!’