A FORMER gym could be turned into a performing arts centre.
Stamford Endowed Schools has applied to South Kesteven District Council for permission to convert its former gym at Stamford School in East Street into a performing arts centre.
The school opened its new state of the art £6.1m centre, which includes a swimming pool, on Monday to staff and pupils at the schools.
If approved, the new performing arts centre would include an auditorium with 240 retractable seats, dressing rooms, a workshop, a foyer and a hospitality area. A lift would also be added.
An extension will also be added but at a “less imposing height” than the rest of the building.
It would be used for the teaching of drama, music and music technology, which are offered at GCSE and A-levels and are also part of the extra-curricular activities.
In the application, the school states that the drama and music departments have had an increase in the numbers of pupils choosing to study the subjects.
More than 600 pupils take vocal and instrumental lessons.
The bridge over East Street would be refurbished to look “contemporary” and the look of the building would also be improved with coating.
The outside area of the school, which is described in the application as “unsightly”, would be landscaped to make the area look more attractive with trees planted and gravel added. It would create a more pedestrian friendly area by marking out pedestrian only areas, with less emphasis on vehicles.
Principal of the schools Stephen Roberts said: “The new performing arts centre will give our musicians and those keen on drama the first-class facilities needed to nurture their considerable talents.
“It will support our extensive curricular and extra-curricular provision and further enhance the schools’ ability to let our students’ potential flourish.”
Mr Roberts said the redevelopment would mean the performing arts offer would be “greatly enhanced”.