ONE of Colchester's top performing schools has unveiled plans to build a new teaching block. 

Colchester County High School for Girls, in Norman Way, has submitted the proposals to Colchester Council.

They outline the construction of a single three-storey classroom block and canopy.

Plans detail the new block would be constructed of “brickwork and cedar panelling, aluminium windows and with a flat roof”.

A proposed floor plan shows the site would hold three classrooms, a store and plant room, with space also set out for an office, lobby, toilets and cleaners’ cupboard.

The canopy would be situated behind the new building.

Colchester Council communities boss Natalie Sommers was delighted to hear of the new proposals.

Speaking to the Gazette, she said: “I'm supportive of expansion for Colchester County High School for Girls.

“I think it would be a great asset for the school.

“As one of Colchester's top schools that attracts entrants from a wide area, continuous improvement in pupil facilities is key.

“It's a brilliant school with a fantastic academic record that Colchester should be proud of.”

It is not the first development to take place at the site in recent years.

The school has also welcomed a major extension of the sixth form centre, as well as the opening of a new sports hall, which saw the rebuilding of the swimming pool, with adjoining changing rooms.

In 2020, an entire teaching block was also created to provide a new expanded library and three art studios, including a dedicated sixth form studio space.

Colchester County High School for Girls has been educating students in the city since 1909.

It is an outstanding rated school, with its last report in January 2009.

The school became an academy in 2012 and became the lead school in the Alpha Multi Academy Trust in March 2018, initially working with the Gilberd School and later joined by Manningtree High School and Home Farm Primary School. 

The new Trinity School, which moved into its premises last year, is also part of the Alpha Trust.

Colchester Council will rule on the plans.