A SCHOOL is set to offer more engaging science studies for students after opening new classrooms.

Westcliff High School for Boys has opened a new million pound extension to its science building after months of building work.

The existing science building underwent a £2 million refurbishment two years ago and the school has now opened additional science facilities due to the continuing expansion and popularity of the school, in Kenilworth Gardens, Westcliff.

The work, funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), and completed by Logan Construction (SE) Ltd, has created a large 90m2 laboratory which can be used for all the school’s science curriculum.

The project has also involved the complete refurbishment of the existing technology building.

Headmaster, Mike Skelly, said: “We are delighted that we have managed to extend our science building, giving us additional facilities that will greatly benefit our pupils.

“I would like to extend my thanks to Logan Construction (SE) Ltd and the ESFA for their work in constructing the building over the last few months.”

Director of Resources, David Partridge, added: “Science is an exceptionally popular subject at our school, with the majority of A Level students studying at least one science. Having the additional laboratory will allow us to expand our offering further which is great news for pupils.”

The £1 million extension had received planning permission in April last year.

School bosses previously said the extension would be built on green space between buildings and was necessary to expand the school’s science offering.

The new block houses science equipment, including a fume cupboard for conducting chemistry experiments.

The new block became necessary as the school has consistently been over subscribed and has grown significantly over the last few years.

The school has been taking onboard an extra 31 pupils a year for the last three years and will continue to do so.