PROGRESS is being made at a Herefordshire secondary school where a state-of-the-art science block is being built

Pictures show that building work has been taking place at John Kyrle High School in Ross-on-Wye on the new multi-million pound science centre.

The modern, three storey centre will cover 871m squared and will house six specialist science laboratories.

The building, set to be completed by the spring term of 2022, marks the start of a number of new initiatives at the school following a rise in pupil numbers, due to increasing demand from families outside the traditional catchment area.

In September, a record number of year sevens joined the school.

The new science block is being built by the Darwin Group, a modular construction specialist, which has previously built three other buildings for the school.

The school’s athletics facilities will also be developed later in the year and there are plans in place to further enhance teaching and learning.

Charles Pierce, managing director of Darwin Group, said it was exciting to be continuing the firm's relationship with the school

"It’s a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with the school to allow them to take on more pupils from the area, providing a state-of-the-art science facility," he said.

"The team is really excited to be back on campus and look forward to bringing the designs to life."

Headteacher Nigel Griffiths, said he was delighted with the work and looked forward to the project being completed.

Rod Barker, school trustee, said in September: “The science centre is a very exciting development as it will enable us to continue to offer first-class education to an increasing number of young people in the area.

"I am extremely grateful to Mr Griffiths and his team who have done a fantastic job in planning, and securing funds for yet another milestone in the development of JKHS.”