Work has begun on a £6 million expansion of The Boulevard Academy, which will increase capacity in response to a growing demand for places, as well as enabling it to offer a range of new courses from September 2022.
The Boulevard Academy on Massey Close, west Hull welcomed its first pupils in September 2013. The school, which famously occupies the site of Hull FCs former Boulevard ground, was initially built to accommodate 600 students aged 11 to 16. But now, as the local population grows, a three-storey extension will be built on the existing school, creating an additional 300 places for students, taking the total capacity to 900.
The major expansion will include new dedicated rooms for food technology and textiles, meaning Boulevard will be able to offer courses in these subjects for the first time. There will be an additional multi-use games area and an activity studio added to the site, improving the outdoor exercise spaces for students, as well as enhancing the PE provision.
Two specialist music rooms with four new practice areas for lessons and rehearsals will be introduced, whilst improvements to computer science facilities will add two extra suites and additional classrooms.
The expansion will also include a new library, art rooms, STEM (science, technology, English and maths) spaces and additional general-purpose classrooms.
External works will include developing the existing carpark to provide an additional 19 spaces, as well as the tarmac area of the playgrounds being increased slightly to allow for greater pupil numbers.