MORE than £1m is to be spent upgrading a Hampshire school.

The work will see upgrades to two music rooms, practice rooms and two drama suites at the Arnewood School in New Milton.

Builders Greendale Construction are transforming both the inside and exterior of the building and work is expected to be completed by March next year.

The school said that alumni who attended many years ago will remember the building as where automotive engineering was taught – and at one time it also housed the canteen.

Nigel Pressnell, headteacher, said “This is the latest phase of our multi-million pound building improvement strategy and will complement work completed last year on our three story maths, science and vocational teaching accommodation.

“Students are fortunate to have some of the best facilities locally and this latest phase will give them access to state-of-the-art expressive arts spaces.

“This will benefit all key stages including the many students who remain at Arnewood Sixth Form to follow creative qualifications.”

It is the latest phase of improvements which have also seen the upgrade of the three-storey Elizabeth Cook Building, previously the Scola building.

In addition to the renovation of the interior learning spaces, heads say the exterior of the school buildings will "now be in harmony" making for "a more attractive environment".

The new funding was secured by an application to the Condition Improvement Fund.