The school accommodates 600 students in six learning areas. The mixed two and three-storey radial design has a gathering place, or heart, at its core. This dramatic central space functions as the assembly hall and café/dining area and provides space for display and performance.
Highlights of the new building include a dedicated dance studio and amphitheatre for outdoor performance, plus a recording studio with 16-channel mixing desk, which provide a platform to showcase the academy’s specialism of Visual Creative and Performing Arts.
The academy’s other specialism of Business and Enterprise is supported by a PC suite with 120 computers, plus a separate Apple Mac suite, which is also used for art, design and music.
Sporting facilities are exceptional with three football pitches; one rugby pitch; an artificial cricket wicket; long jump; triple jump; three tennis courts; an outdoor multi-use games area and indoor four-court sports hall.