Building work for 7 new classrooms is under way!

19 April 2016

Nearly £1.0M of building improvements has been invested in St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School by the Archdiocese over the past five years.

The biggest of these by far is the current £300K project to create seven new state-of-the-art classrooms in the former Lindisfarne House which, up until 2014 was a hotel offering accommodation to national and international schools and students.

Working in conjunction with Liverpool Archdiocese Schools Department, work replacing the old-style hotel windows had already been completed in the last financial year on the external phase.  This provided larger windows with improved lighting and ventilation for the classroom learning environment. The internal works tender phase has just been completed with the contract being awarded to David Aspinall Limited working with architects Cassidy & Ashton.

A spokesman for the Archdiocese said “Whilst well-designed classrooms can boost learning progress they can’t compare to the great teaching and learning that already goes on in St Cuthbert’s. The new classrooms will be a shining example of our commitment to the continued progress the school makes.”

St Cuthbert’s Head, Catherine Twist said: “Everyone at the school is really excited about the project.  Working in conjunction with Liverpool Archdiocese Schools Department this will be a very beneficial investment in the school.”

Having been recognised as having exemplary attitudes to learning earlier in the week, it seemed fitting that the start of works were witnessed by six of our high-achieving Year 7 students (Rebecca Lawton, Mia Brignall, Lauren Hesketh, Reece Fenney, Harry Cooper and Benjamin Beswick, pictured with Mrs Twist).

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They all agreed that it was “a really exciting time to join St Cuthbert’s”.  The group will be visiting the building work regularly and you can keep up-to-date with all the news on how the building work is progressing by following our regular updates and photographs on the school’s website and social media feeds.

The classrooms, which are due to open in September 2016, will be the new home of the geography and history departments.

St Cuthbert’s has been investing heavily in building development since 2010 with the following projects having been completed:

Date

Project

2011/12

 

Windows in the Science/Maths/English/Modern Languages/Religious Education Block replaced

 

2012/13

Refurbishment to Gym, Gym changing rooms and shower areas

Windows to the front elevation of the main block replaced improving the learning environment within the classrooms.

 

2013/14

 

Refurbishment of technology classroom

 

2014/15

 

External phase of work to convert former Lindisfarne House to classroom space to replace mobile classrooms as part of Archdiocese of Liverpool capital building programme 2014/15 £100,000

Refurbishment of reception areas, installation of directional signage throughout school

 

2015/16

 

Internal phase of work to convert former Lindisfarne House to seven new classrooms to replace mobile classrooms as part of Archdiocese of Liverpool capital building programme 2015/16 and 2016/17