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All systems go at Burslem School of Art

Work is now well underway to transform the historic Burslem School of Art into an exciting learning environment for Haywood Sixth Form Academy.

All is going to plan with the Phase 2 project – which means that 200 pupils are set to move into the building at the start of the autumn term.

The £1.5 million regeneration and refurbishment – supported by Stoke-on-Trent City Council – will provide 10 teaching spaces with four dedicated subject rooms in the Grade II Listed building.

There will be an ICT Window on the World room and a specialist computing lab as well as an art very beneficial for students and with a tailored and skilled studio, a design and technology workshop and a science lab.

In addition, a common room and café – inspired by the designs of students – will also feature.

Mike Whittingham, Deputy Head Leading on Sixth Form Development, said: “These exciting plans allow all teaching to happen at the two Sixth Form sites, meaning no more bus journeys to Haywood Academy.

“This means students will be in lessons and not waiting for transport, making the best use of their time. It will also allow students to have access to these facilities during independent study time to do work. Phase 2 will be underway to transform the historic Burslem School of Art into an exciting learning environment for Haywood Sixth Form Academy.

All is going to plan with the Phase 2 project – which means that 200 pupils are set to move into the building at the start of the autumn term.

The £1.5 million regeneration and refurbishment – supported by Stoke-on-Trent City Council – will provide 10 teaching spaces with four dedicated subject rooms in the Grade II Listed building. There will be an ICT Window on the World room and a specialist bring another brilliant old building in Burslem back to life.”

The CLT is making facilities available for community use out of school hours and in the holidays and the Burslem School of Art Trust will have its own dedicate rooms in the refurbished building.

Like the Haywood Sixth Form Academy in the Old Town Hall building, it will help the wider regeneration of Burslem. Already businesses are being attracted to the town as a result of the Sixth Form and City Learning Trust’s commitment.

And the link up with more local businesses is also offering employment opportunities to students and providing companies workforce.

CLT Chief Operating Officer Alan Christian said: “It is exciting to see how all these projects are making a difference for the regeneration of Burslem, the students, local businesses and the community as a whole.”

Haywood Sixth Form aims to prepare and equip students for the modern world. More than 1,500 businesses have now been signed up, providing students with tailored working opportunities that can lead to apprenticeships and full time job offers.

University link ups also ensure that those wishing to go onto higher education or other studies have the best opportunities too.

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