PLANS for a £3.1 million renovation of Haydon Bridge High School have been unveiled by the county council.

The plans contain a raft of improvements, including an overhaul of the front of the school, consisting of a redesigned entrance canopy, a revised car park and entrance layout with extra spaces, and two new sports pitches.

Other changes inside would see a relocated library, learning resource centre, enhanced disabled toilets, a sixth form area and performing arts spaces created.

The existing design and technology block would also be converted into a new vocational centre under the proposals.

The centre would have an out-of-hours arrangement so it can be used for adult education classes in the evenings, while a new toilet facility with six unisex toilets and a disabled access bathroom will also be included.

Coun. Colin Horncastle, a governor at the school, said: “The proposals are much needed. If you look at that school, it’s hardly been touched in the past 50 years.

“It looks tired and run down, which goes with the recent history, so this will give it a whole new frontage.

“It will also put paid to some of the safeguarding problems we had before, which didn’t help with the Ofsted problems.

“I say bring it on.”

The proposals were submitted to Northumberland County Council on Monday.

They will now have to be approved by councillors before work on the renovations can begin.