The £500,000 project was granted planning approval in August 2009 after development in consultation with the school, parents, and local people. The 200 sq m building aims to further community partnerships by increasing the range of activities offered by extended services at the school. Pupils will gain from extra space for creative work and new music facilities.
Due for completion in time for the new academic year in September 2010, the gatehouse design celebrates the original Victorian school building. A double form roof, allowing for an exciting and naturally-ventilated upper hall, reflects the original building's strong symmetry. Curving brick walls below invite visitors into the school, while windows peeping over the boundary wall allow passers by a glimpse of life inside.