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Bhasvic school plans multimillion pound expansion amid popularity boom
An “outstanding” school has revealed expansion plans to deal with its increased popularity.
Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form Centre (Bhasvic) has seen student applications increase by 10% since it became one of only a handful of colleges in the country to be given the top mark by Ofsted.
To help deal with the rise, and to give existing pupils more space, the school has applied to build a newteaching block.
Bosses at the school in Dyke Road, Hove, admitted they were “very excited” at the prospect of the proposal, which they believe will have a big impact, both educationally and socially, on its pupils.
Chris Thomson, Bhasvic principal, said: “It will mean a massive increase in student social space, which is badly badly needed.
“There will also be an increase in classroom space, probably for another 100 students.
“It’s all come about since we were rated outstanding by Ofsted.
“Since then, application numbers are up 10%. The report just backed up what the staff is doing here primarily, but not exclusively, in the classroom.”
The new three-storey building, which is a modern building including glass, brick and cladding, is planned for the upper car park. It would include the creation of 12 teaching rooms, a learning resource centre, kitchen facilities and social and learning space for students.
A courtyard would also be developed in front of the block.
The plans also include revamping the existing main student refectory and relocating the staff room.
A comment from a public consultation held at the college earlier this year said: “Finally, Brighton has the prospect of a legible and quality piece of contemporary architecture.”
Mr Thomson said: “It’s been in the pipeline since the start of this academic year.
“It was not until March that we had funding from the Government to contribute towards it and then we developed it from there.
“The indication from planning was they wanted something that did not blend in; they wanted something new and we’re delighted with the plans.”
Comments are currently being accepted on the plans and a decision is expected by Brighton and Hove City Council in October.
If approved, work could start in autumn, with the block completed by spring.
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