A new £1million dining and learning area has been completed at Lutterworth High School.
The project at the school in Woodway Road has created a new extension which forms a flexible learning and dining zone, together with a drama and dance studio.
Designed by Northamptonshire firm GSSArchitecture, the new area has improved the lunch time experience as well as providing space for socialising, out-of-lesson learning and group work.
The architects say it allows the school to deliver a more creative and “student-focused curriculum” within a contemporary environment.
Building work started in February and was completed at the end of August by Corby-based construction company Jeakins Weir.
The scheme has also included the refurbishment of the library, which has created a modern environment for independent learning.
The library has been designed to accommodate various informal and formal seating areas, which will support a range of IT study, teaching styles and activities.
Headteacher Nora Parker said: “The Terrace, our new dining area, is now open and the internal and external areas are being well-used by students and staff.
“The Learning Hub, our new name for the library, is proving to be a very valuable resource.
“It is bright, modern, clean and has had wireless technology installed so that teachers are now able to book the space and the iPad trolley, which holds 30 iPads, to deliver effective and well-received learning.
“There was a picture tweeted last week of a French class and a science class sharing the space during one lesson and it is heartening to see this new facility working so effectively when we reflect on how much time, thought and effort went into its refurbishment.”
The Terrace can accommodate up to 40 students in any one sitting and includes al fresco dining. It can also be used as a training room.
The dining area, drama studio, refurbished library and re-roofing of the whole school was funded by money from the its central budget and a £560,856 grant from the Education Funding Agency.
GSSArchitecture partner, Tom Lyons said: “The school now has a flexible new dining and learning area where students can eat, learn and socialise.
“This has provided a centralised multi-function space which will be easily adaptable to new approaches and teaching styles.”