Diss High School is hopeful of an increase of pupils taking up music and performing arts after the first phase of a £680,000 development was completed earlier this year.
Previously, the school had only one specialist music classroom and another mobile classroom and, according to school figures, 39 per cent of pupils did not have access to specialist drama facilities, while 45 per cent did not have access to specialist music facilities.
But the improvements , partly funded by a grant from the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund, have transformed the classroom into a music block, including an outdoor performance area, a modern music technology classroom, and a recording studio.
Children at the school have been using the new music facilities since returning from their Christmas break, while it was officially opened on Tuesday by vice-chair of governors Jenny Dennis. Guests were also treated to a live performance from A-level students.
The upgrades to the music department at the school is phase one, with the drama facilities comprising the final phase. It is hoped the latest work will be finished by the end of March.
Jacqui Lincoln, school business manager told the Diss Express the new music suite was unrecognisable to the old facilities.
“It is an amazing opportunity for these children to access specialist teaching,” she said.
“And from the school’s and the children’s point of view, we are hoping it will encourage more take up of music and performing arts.”