Newcastle High School for Girls has been granted planning permission to redevelop the former Church High School site on Tankerville Terrace in Jesmond, Newcastle. The three acre site will undergo a multi-million pound transformation to create a new, purpose built senior school campus. When completed, in September 2016, the site will accommodate all 700 senior school pupils.

The iconic, red brick Victorian building, facing Tankerville Terrace, will be retained and refurbished.

A new, stand-alone, three-storey building will be constructed within the grounds, housing an assembly hall and performance space, separate purpose-built dining room, fitness suite, dance and drama studios, music rooms, science laboratories and general classrooms. This building will also include a roof top terrace for outdoor learning.

Throughout the planning and design stage of the redevelopment, led by EWA Architects, Newcastle High School for Girls has received expert advice and support from a number of North East businesses. These included Fairhurst and Todd Milburn Partnership.

Commenting on the plans for the site and the new school buildings, Headmistress, Mrs Hilary French, said:

“We are delighted that the education of girls in Newcastle is set to continue to flourish with the granting of planning approval for our exciting new school development.

“We firmly believe that creating the right environment is crucial for inspirational teaching and learning and this new school will deliver an impressive design for first class education for girls in Newcastle.

“The new buildings reflect the needs of our 21st century curriculum and will allow us to deliver our vision of providing the highest quality of education for girls, now and in the future.”

Christine Sillis, Estates Director at the GDST, added:

“The new school in Jesmond is the latest in a major investment and development programme to support and promote girls’ education.  As a member of the GDST, Newcastle High School for Girls is unique in the North and provides unrivalled educational benefits for its pupils. These state of the art new school buildings will help us deliver even greater advancements in girls’ education.”

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