Improvements are proving first class

Bellshill Academy S6 pupils Amy McEwan and Colin Cupples carry out an experiment.

Bellshill Academy S6 pupils Amy McEwan and Colin Cupples carry out an experiment.

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Pupils and staff at Bellshill Academy are proving they have the right chemistry as they benefit from a refurbishment of the art and science departments.

The school, which enjoyed its best-ever exam results performance this year, now boasts two new chemistry rooms, one physics room and three art rooms.

Head teacher Anne Munro said: “The classrooms and new facilities are fantastic and will make a big difference to the educational experiences we can offer our young people.

“The improvements have transformed the learning environment for our pupils and provide them with greater opportunities to achieve their full potential.

“The feedback has been terrific; it’s clear how much our pupils are enjoying learning in their new classrooms.”

The new classrooms are part of a £180,000 programme of planned improvements for the school.

A large new photo/media suite will soon be ready and work will soon begin on a new dance studio and conditioning gym to significantly enhance the school’s sports provision.

House captain Rachael Brown added: “The classrooms are really good and we have lots more space.

“I especially like the art rooms, which are so much brighter and better equipped than the ones we had previously.”

Bellshill councillor Harry McGuigan, vice-convener of the Learning and Leisure Services Committee, added: “The results are simply stunning: brighter, more spacious and enjoyable learning environment for staff and pupils to enjoy.”

Additional recent improvements also saw the study room refurbished and the music department repainted and recarpeted.