Multi-million pound plans for new Notre Dame and Handsworth Grange

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A GREEN light has been given to redevelopment plans for two more Sheffield secondary schools as the city’s £350 million Building Schools for the Future programme nears completion.

Notre Dame RC High at Ranmoor is to receive a £9 million makeover, while multi-million pound improvements at Handsworth Grange School have also been approved.

The move follows approval for plans to rebuild Birley Community College by 2013, and means 20 schools will have been tackled across the city.

The plans for Notre Dame, which sits in 20 acres of grounds off Fulwood Road, include refurbishing the existing school building to provide modern and enhanced teaching facilities.

The proposals also include the construction of an accommodation block providing high quality teaching space, pupil and staff facilities and a new kitchen and restaurant.

A glazed corridor providing a covered outdoor space and the creation of a new visitors’ entrance, as well as improved pedestrian access into the school and throughout the site, are also part of the plans.

Headteacher John Martin said: “This school is well known for its very special warm ethos which is recognised by all who visit the school.

“To be able to expand on this with modern, brand new facilities to complement our existing school building is wonderful news for us.”

Work is due to begin this month and will be completed over four phases with the final handover due to take place in February 2013.

The proposals for Handsworth Grange include refurbishing buildings as well as constructing a brand new accommodation block. Work is already underway.

Other improvements will include a new entrance plaza and two new playgrounds, with the programme due for completion in September 2013.

Headteacher Anne Quaile said: “This is a great opportunity for us and we are very pleased work has now begun on site. The overhaul will be a great boost for all our students in terms of both their education and their well being.”

Cabinet member for children Coun Jackie Drayton said: “It is great to see the Building Schools for the Future programme taking off across the city.

“The fruits of the council’s hard work are really starting to show now with many of our city’s schools already being refurbished or rebuilt to very high standards.”