THE foundation stone for Ryde School’s £5 million educational investment was laid by the Island’s Lord Lieutenant.
Maj Gen Martin White laid the stone to mark officially the start of the school’s new building project due to be completed in August in time for the start of the new academic year.
The modern building was given permission by a planning inspector after the school appealed against Isle of Wight Council refusal — the two-storey block taking the place of property owned by the school that was demolished.
The building, fronting Queen’s Road, will house a new reception area, art and computer design technology departments and new dining facilities.
School bursar Martyn Davies said: "The safety and security of the site will be improved and the space freed up in existing buildings will give a number of other departments more space.
"In particular, it will provide further library and study facilities for the sixth form in the Westmont building and will result in Westmont being in an attractive, landscaped, courtyard setting."