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08/01/16

Second consultation for Westfield School development proposals


Plans to bring improved sports facilities, including a county-standard gymnasium at Westfield School, are to go on display again next week.

The independent day school in Gosforth will be hosting a public consultation to showcase development proposals for the project, which will see some existing buildings demolished or refurbished and a new gymnasium built.

The buildings earmarked for demolition are old, outdated and would cost a significant amount of money to bring up to the required standard.

Governors and the Senior Leadership team at Westfield – one of the region’s leading independent girls’ schools - are proposing to transform the existing undersized sports hall into a new maths hub, drama suite and art, graphics and textiles studio. A new gymnasium suitable for Sports England and county level sports is proposed within the current grounds. No facilities will be lost as a result of the rolling project, which has already seen the creation of a new administration hub, and refurbished library, classroom and sixth form spaces in the Senior House.

Headmistress Catherine Jawaheer said: “We had a fantastic response to our first consultation and since then the project team has been working with feedback and stakeholders to develop the proposals.

"This is an exciting opportunity to be able to continue the lasting legacy we have here, and to provide improved facilities for learning and developing both in the classroom and in sports activities at Westfield."

The project has already improved significant areas of the Senior House, and through the proposals the school will be able to not only further improve the school’s offer to current and prospective students, but to the Gosforth community and beyond.The proposals include plans to sell off a small part of land which is currently occupied by old classrooms and two temporary Portakabins which need to be replaced and the former Sixth Form Centre, to a development partner, which will in turn fund the refurbishment and new-build elements.

The cleared land would be developed into 22 residential units, including duplexes and houses. Associated parking, which would be provided in excess of current levels, would also be provided. The new gymnasium would include a netball court built to county standards, and intended for use by the county’s premier and first team.

The public consultation will take place between 6pm and 9pm on Wednesday 13 January 2016 in the Dining Room at Westfield School. The proposals will also be available to view online from 10am the following morning at www.resultscommunications.co.uk .

Members of the project team and school staff will be at the public consultation to answer questions and discuss the proposals.

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