A RUGBY school has got the go-ahead for a new arts building.
An ‘expressive arts’ facility will be built at Ashlawn School after being approved by Rugby Borough Council’s planning committee on Wednesday.
Housing a range of complementary subjects including art, drama, dance and music, the new building will promote even closer departmental collaboration and offer individual students the opportunity to progress even further in their learning.
Drama and dance teacher Wendy Pickering said it will enhance and enrich ‘21st-century learning’ for its staff and students.
She said: “This is a real opportunity for our students to learn in a state-of-the-art facility.
“It will really support the outstanding teaching that exists in the team already and it is what our terrific students deserve. I’m especially thrilled at the dance studio because it is the first time we will have had something like this and it will inspire our learners even more.”
Students will lead the project by helping to design and decorate aspects of the building. They will also make practical use of their mathematics skills by using the new facility as a stimulus for engineering and construction projects.
School business manager Claire Carter, said: “It will be invaluable because teaching is outstanding, students are so actively involved in the development of the project and because the prospect of this fine new space has enhanced the creative buzz that already exists in our learning community.”
The new space will enable the school to not only support expressive arts, but the classrooms vacated by dance, drama, music and art will offer new opportunities for PE and the sixth form.