Delight as new £1.1m art block set to open in Soham school

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Six new classrooms in a £1.1m art block will be opened today at Soham Village College.

The new building, with high ceilings that let in floods of natural light, was designed to provide students with a visually stimulating learning environment.

The same firm – Lyster Grillet and Harding Architects – designed the school’s performing arts centre, which opened in 2011. The new arts block is situated next door to this.

An opening exhibition is being held from 6-8pm, with director of the University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, Tim Knox, due to unveil the new addition.

“I am pleased and proud to participate in the opening ceremony for Soham Village College. It is a splendid new laboratory for the arts in the vibrant heart of the school,” he said. “It’s a tremendously worthwhile thing. Well done to the college for creating it within budget and in record time.”

GCSE art students’ final pieces of work will be on show, as well as paintings by younger pupils and design and technology projects.

Anna Harvey, head of art, said: “Staff and students are really excited about the opportunities to develop their work in such a spacious, modern and well resourced environment.”

The building was funded by £1.1m from the Department of Education and work was completed in March. It has three art rooms, a computer room and two other rooms.

“It’s useful for the students to have it as we use a lot of ICT in the teaching of art,” said college principal Carin Taylor. “It is an architectural design with lots of natural light and high ceilings. It’s wonderful”.