STUDENTS will be able to learn in state of the art new classrooms and science labs at The Crypt after plans for a new building were given the nod of approval.
The new two-storey block will replace some existing dilapidated buildings at the school in Podsmead Road.
There will be new science classrooms and labs along with a sixth form study area and additional office space.
City councillors backed the plans at a meeting of the planning committee on Tuesday.
Mayor of Gloucester Chris Chatterton, a former pupil of the school, said: “As a former teacher who has taught in temporary classrooms, I know only too well what a massive difference this is going to make to the children that go there, so I fully support these plans.”
Fellow councillor Andy Lewis (C, Quedgeley Severn Vale) said: “These buildings have had their day and the children will be able to enjoy better facilities. It looks a damn sight better than what is currently there.”
Planning officer Caroline Townsend said: “There will be a loss of some of the playing area but no loss of the sports pitch itself so there are no objections from that point of view.
“There will also not be any extra students of staff. This is just about improving the facilities.”
National sports organisation Sport England reviewed the plans and raised no objection to the larger footprint of the new building.
The new, larger building will have a floor space of 959 sq m compared to the two existing temporary classrooms, known as the Elliot buildings, with a floor space of just 124 sq m.
Setting out its plans before councillors, the school, which has said: “The proposal will provide sufficient specialist accommodation to enable all science teaching to be carried out in fully equipped science laboratories, relieve over-crowding in sixth form teaching spaces and provide additional pupil toilet facilities and much needed office space.”
On the ground floor, one half of the floor will consist of two science labs and a prep room. The other half will be home to one classroom. On the first floor this is repeated, but with a sixth form study and a classroom above the science labs.
The Crypt School, which is headed up by Jonathan Standen, is a grammar school with academy status for boys with a mixed sixth form. It was founded in 1539 making it one of the oldest schools in the country. It was founded by John Cooke who was a brewer and mercer who served as the city’s sheriff in 1494 and 1498. Today, the school has almost 800 students.