Plans to restore the derelict historic gazebo at Barlborough Hall School have been given the go ahead to begin next year – 75 years after the hall first became home to the school.
The Grade II-listed building adjoins the Elizabethan mansion, which was built by Sir Francis Rodes in the 16th Century and remained the Rodes family seat until 1935.
It was eventually sold to the Society of Jesuits in 1938, who opened it as a preparatory school the following year.
While the school took over the main part of the Hall, the gazebo has been unused since the 1950s.
Now, with planning approval and thanks to a £192,000 funding boost from English Heritage, plans are now in place to begin the transformation of the gazebo into additional learning space next spring and summer.
Paul Scott, foundation director, said: “We are delighted to be able to restore the gazebo to its former glory.”
“The school already provides exceptional facilities and offers an idyllic setting for the children to learn. The children will love their new classroom in the gazebo.”
Work will include a new roof, repairs to the stone walls, doors and window frames and the repair of plaster floors. It will also include the specialist repair of an ornate plaster chimney piece and the glazing of some windows as well as the installation of power and light.
While Barlborough Hall School maintains its historic character, it also boasts modern facilities including a swimming pool, dance studio, theatre and specialist classrooms.
The school choir is also currently competing in the Peak FM Christmas singing competition and if they win, they will be given the opportunity to sing live on the radio.