A Chesham school has unveiled major expansion plans which could provide additional places for 360 students.

Proposals have been submitted to Bucks County Council to build a new two-storey science block and extend the English block and sports hall at Chiltern Hills Academy in Chartridge Lane.

Six new sixth form classrooms would be included in the sports hall extension, while other existing school buildings on the site could be refurbished as part of the plans.

The extension would allow the school to increase the number of forms per year from six to eight – allowing for an overall increase of 360 students.

A design statement by AHR Architects published on the BCC website said: “The school is currently designed for a five form entry school but functions on a six form entry basis.

“The school currently has 920 pupils. This number is inclusive of 111 6th Form students.

“Recent Chiltern planning area population figures indicate the need to increase provision within the local area by at least an additional four forms of entry over the next three years, rising to five forms of entry in the longer term.”

Plans also include replacement tennis and netball courts as well as “a commitment” to create a new pedestrian crossing to provide “safer access” for pedestrians to the school.

The design statement adds: “The proposed expansion works at Chiltern Hills Academy, include a new purpose build science block accommodating nine science classrooms, performance hall with associated ‘Grab and Go’ facility.

“Extensions to the existing sports hall block provide two new externally accessible changing rooms, large P.E. stores and additional 6th Form classrooms.

“The English block is proposed to be extended to improve safeguarding by providing wider corridors and to make four undersized classrooms fit for purpose.

“The scheme proposals also address the deficiencies of the existing school accommodation through refurbishment of a number of other areas within the school.

“The proposals also include an expansion to existing car park areas and the re-provision of external hard play and sports areas.”

To view the plans visit https://publicaccess.buckscc.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=PNHG3ADS03F00