MORE than £5.5m has been pumped into a Southampton secondary school for new classrooms and a rebranding.

Chamberlayne College for the Arts in Weston has begun a vast transformation that will see its teaching and learning facilities brought up to the standard of other Southampton schools, say’s its head.

It is set to launch as Weston Secondary School in January.

The development work at the school includes the construction of a new four-court sized sports hall with changing rooms, two new science classrooms, a new library, repairs to the school roof, facades and windows, a new gym and changing rooms and much more.

This is due to be completed by April 2023.

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Interim headteacher, Stuart Wilkinson said: “It’s an exciting time for the whole school community and lots of positive change is coming.

“The school has been on the site since the 1950s and for the first time, we’re seeing significant investment that’ll transform the school’s learning environment and create impressive new facilities to make it a top choice for many families in the area.

“The building work also enables the school to offer better facilities for our local community in search of a venue for sports and leisure activities.

“We’re all looking forward to a bright new future as Weston Secondary School.”

The £5.5 million is being spent on the refurbishment of the entire school and many of its new facilities will be available to the Southampton community.

The school recently became an academy and joined Southampton based Hamwic Education Trust, one of the largest multi-academy trusts in the South of England.

As part of this the school also joins with Weston Shore Infant School and Weston Park Primary School to form a ‘community of schools’ known as Weston Schools Federation.

Bob Farmer, CEO at Hamwic Education Trust said: “I’m delighted to welcome Weston Secondary to Hamwic Education Trust and to it joining our community of schools in Weston.

“We already include Weston Shore Infant and Weston Park Primary in our family of schools and bringing the three schools together reflects how we are linking the education journey of our pupils.”