BUDDING actors will soon be treading the boards at Brentford School for Girls' new theatre.

The 170-seat venue will form the centrepiece of a futuristic mesh-draped building at the site in Boston Manor Road, Brentford.

The project, which also includes a sixth-form centre and computer suite, got the green light last month and work is set to begin shortly.

A spokesman for Paul Vick Architects, which designed the building, said it was due to open before Christmas and would cost less than £1million.

Head teacher Julie Tomkins said: "We are delighted this building has been accepted.

"We want a space that reflects our commitment to education in the 21st century, fostering vision, creativity and modernity among our students.

"This building will help us develop the communication skills of our students through the sharing of good practice and cutting-edge resources so they can take their rightful place as global citizens.

"It will certainly help us in our role as teachers to inform, inspire and motivate the independent young women of tomorrow."

Brentford School for Girls gained specialist schools status in media and arts last September.

Specialist schools receive more cash from the Government in return for improving standards in their chosen field and helping partner schools achieve the same.