IN 1997, the governors of the Coventry School Foundation, which manages Bablake School, took the decision to improve the facilities of the school by building accommodation for the English music and drama departments.
After an initial planning stage, the architects, John Viner and Richard Baily, along with Harrabin Construction Company were chosen to spearhead the project.
Work started in March 1999, and the foundation stone was laid by one of the school's eminent former pupils, Sir John Egan (ex managing director of Jaguar Cars). The pounds 2m building was finished in July of this year and is now being used by all pupils.
All three departments are exceptionally well catered for. English has eight teaching rooms, plus a small study area and a computer suite with twenty-six computers.
There is a large drama studio which can seat up to 240 people and boasts state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems.
Visitors from the other theatre groups have been very impressed with the facilities.
The music department has three teaching rooms, all equipped to the highest standard with computers and music equipment. In addition, there is a music library, six practice rooms to accommodate the large number of visiting music teachers who give pupils individual tuition in most instruments.
Larger groups of musicians, choirs and orchestras have not been neglected and there is s large music rehearsal room.
This can be used for small concerts seating up to 80 people. …