£6.5m Coventry school expansion completes

Construction has been completed on a £6.5m teaching building at Barr’s Hill School in Coventry.

The work by G F Tomlinson on behalf of Coventry City Council is part of efforts to expand the school to ensure it provides a total of 1100 places in five years’ time.

The new block for year seven pupils is set across two storeys and comprises seven modern classrooms. The facility provides a dedicated space that has been designed to help 11 and 12-year-olds benefit from a smooth transition into secondary education serving as their own ‘mini school’.

The school’s science department has been extended and refurbished, as well as new classroom spaces, improved sports and gym facilities, external play spaces, and an additional dining area.

Procured through Pagabo’s National Framework for Medium Works, this is the second scheme G F Tomlinson has successfully delivered for Coventry City Council – the first being the £3.7m development of Cardinal Newman Catholic School in Coventry.

Chris Flint, managing director of G F Tomlinson, said: “We’re pleased to see works have completed on this dedicated space for year seven pupils at Barr’s Hill School. This being our second project through Pagabo’s National Framework and for Coventry City Council.

“The expansion and improvement of the school will ultimately provide 310 additional places, as well as a dedicated space to help pupils prepare and adjust for secondary education”.

Cllr Dr Kindy Sandhu, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “The opening of these new teaching facilities is not just great news for the staff and students here at Barr’s Hill, it is great news for Coventry, as the young people who study in these classrooms will hopefully go on to take our city forward.

“The lessons they learn here and the sense of pride and responsibility they take in their new facilities will be building blocks for their future. I want to thank everyone for their hard work and efforts that have gone into such a fantastic project”.

Barr’s Hill School’s most recent exam results place it in the top 1% nationally, and currently offers 780 places for children aged 11-16, plus 140 sixth-form students.

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