Haywood Sixth Form Academy will breathe new life into Burslem’s historic town hall.

Learning is accommodated across the whole town hall building, with classrooms and workspaces on all floors. There is an IT-based learning support centre, a library and break out zones for informal study and relaxing.

Art and photography courses are taught in the Burslem School of Art. The magnificent grade 2 listed building in the centre of Burslem houses two art galleries, spread through two floors, as well as a dedicated art room and meeting rooms.

Burslem School of Art, in the heart of the Mothertown, will soon be embarking on a new chapter in its illustrious history.

From September 2016, 200 students from Haywood Sixth Form Academy will move into the newly refurbished grade II listed building to enjoy purpose-built facilities.

A state-of-the-art design enterprise suite will be used for engineering product design and textiles. A specialist photography suite will house its own dark room and Apple Macs to enable students to learn digital photography skills. An ICT ‘window on the world’ room and specialist computing laboratory will provide students with leading-edge computer equipment and there will also be a specialist science lab and language lab.

Students will develop their artistic talents in the magnificent art room, with its huge windows and perfect lighting for artwork, following in the footsteps of the Burslem School of Art’s prestigious alumni, including Clarice Cliff, Susie Cooper and William Moorcroft.

The Burslem School of Art Trust carried out a refurbishment of the building in 2000 and has developed and delivered many arts events, projects and activities over the past fifteen years, working with diverse communities and artists.

Now, Haywood Sixth Form Academy is working closely with the Trust to form a partnership that will build on its fantastic work and secure the future of this beautiful building.