THE SECOND stage of a multi-million-pound development at one of Harrow's top schools is due to begin.

The John Lyon School, in Middle Road, Harrow, is planning to create a new sixth-form centre in its oldest building.

It follows the construction of a new £3million science and drama building, which was completed towards the end of 2008 as part of the school's 10-year estates strategy.

Headteacher Katherine Haynes said: "I am delighted that the governors have given their approval to this ambitious yet prudent project, which will transform our sixth-form facilities.

"It will bring new life to Old Building, John Lyon's first and only building when it was opened by Harrow School in 1876.

"A strong sixth form is key to any senior school's success and this project will give Old Building a very strong sixth form identity, combining the school's heritage with state-ofthe-art facilities.

"While the national economic situation remains diffi-cult, the governors' priority is to continue with a carefully thought-out investment programme aimed at improving the school's facilities.

"We also want to build on its acknowledged strengths in areas, such as academic achievement, the arts and sport."