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Gosfield School pupils help break ground to mark start of construction work on new £1.67million performing arts centre




Youngsters donned their hard hats for a visit to the site of their school’s new £1.67million performing arts development, to mark the beginning of construction work.

A ground-breaking ceremony took place at Gosfield School, near Halstead, as contractors APH started clearing the site to allow for construction to commence on the ambitious project.

The new centre will include a performance auditorium with a dance studio, two teaching and learning classrooms, and three music practice rooms.

Ground-breaking ceremony on new £1.67million performing arts centre development at Gosfield School. Contributed picture. (49032701)
Ground-breaking ceremony on new £1.67million performing arts centre development at Gosfield School. Contributed picture. (49032701)

Once completed, it will serve as the home of the school’s performing arts academy, offering students opportunities in drama, dance and music, with the programme catering for all skill levels.

Nick Bell, head of performing arts at Gosfield School, said: “This is immensely exciting for our students.

“The new performing arts centre will provide first class practice and performance facilities, not only for our performing arts academy scholars but also for every pupil of the school.

“We welcome scholarship applicants for our performing arts disciplines and will be holding scholarship days early in the new school year. However, scholars interested in joining us in September are welcome to apply sooner.

“They’ll not only benefit from expert tuition in the discipline but also the schools excellent academic education.”

The school confirmed that the centre will also be available for performances by travelling theatre companies and local amateur dramatic groups, particular during the summer holidays.

The building work will be carried out in two stages, with the first due to be completed at the end of this year.