A SALTNEY school is reaching out to the community as it looks to create a new arts centre.

St David’s High School is seeking investment to upgrade its arts and drama facilities, on the back of a successful Estyn inspection report.

Inspectors had noted the school had excellent prospects for improvement and headteacher Tony Davidson said this was an opportunity to capitalise on that.

He said: “We work very closely with a number of community groups such as the local history society and we run a performing arts group.

“What we would like to do is take that one step further and set up a community arts area in the school, and invite theatre groups to come in. We are also looking at installing a new PA system, as well as getting the curtain replaced.

“We are hoping to get some sponsorship as well as grants.”

The move would benefit the weekly community performing arts group, where current and former pupils show support as instructors.

Saltney councillor Klaus Armstrong-Braun supported the bid.

He said: “It is a major funding project to replace the old stage curtain, which has been there for 37 years and is showing signs of age.

“There is also a funding plan for a music academy studio, where we could in future see the next Beatles.

“They are looking for any benefactors within the town or community groups to get in touch with the headteacher.”

The school is hoping to build on its recent run of cultural success.

Earlier this year, more than 1,000 people saw the school put on Queen musical We Will Rock You.

The school’s choir has performed at St Mark’s Basilica, Venice and has planned a Barcelona trip for July.

Mark Dowling