Planning consent has been granted to redevelop one of the worst performing schools in Kent into a £22m learning academy.

The New Line Learning Academy in Maidstone, being developed by Kent Country Council and the New Line Learning Academies Federation, will provide learning academies made up of large learning plazas but with minimal corridors.

Architect Jestico & Whiles has designed the scheme, which includes double-height open teaching blocks to promote natural lighting and ventilation.

There will be specialist plazas for science laboratories, music rooms, sports facilities and art studios.

The school is being formed from Oldborough Manor and Senacre, which were the two worst-performing schools in the county .

Carillion is contracted to build the school under the Partnership for Schools National Contractors Framework.

The academy will accommodate 1,600 students.