STUDENT NUMBERS: High school asks permission to construct new building
How Ateres Girls High School could look with its new annexe, Image: BSBA Architects
A Gateshead high school has asked for permission to add another building in a bid to cope with increasing student numbers.
Ateres Girls High School, in Felling, has applied for planning permission to build a two-storey annexe creating eight new classrooms and support spaces.
Planning documents lodged with Gateshead Council state that the school, on Willow Grove, expects up to 40 more students over the next five years.
As things stand 246 students, aged between 11 and 16, attend the school, which has 75 members of staff.
Students and staff are bused in by a shuttle service that runs between Bensham and Felling.
If the plans are given the go-ahead the annexe will be built on a slope to the north of the building.
The design and access statement said: “The annexe is detached from the existing school and offers level access throughout. A single
entrance overlooked from staff offices leads to 8 no. classrooms, associated lockers/cloaks, WCs, storage arranged on two levels with an ancillary space within the roof void.
“The layout is arranged to be easy-to-use, secure, and operationally efficient, with accommodation and escape stairs logically located at either end of a central circulation zone.”
Because the annexe is being built on the back of the building, the statement said, there will be no loss of space for sport.
It also said that the new building is designed to “complement” the existing building which was built as a primary school in the early half of the 20th century.
It said the design would be contemporary “to engage and welcome younger persons”.
In its profile on the Times Educational Supplement website, the school described itself as a “high-achieving, girls-only, non-selective, Jewish secondary school without sixth form situated in the Felling area of Gateshead”.
Gateshead Council is set to decide on the proposals in December.
Words: Herbert Soden, Local Democracy Reporter
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