Bourne Academy serves up £382,000 expansion

Revamped food technology classroom at Bourne Academy. Pupil, Esther Walker, 13
Revamped food technology classroom at Bourne Academy. Pupil, Esther Walker, 13
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Pupils and teachers at a Bourne school are enjoying their new surroundings after more than £382,000 was spent constructing new buildings and refurbishing existing facilities.

Work on the block of four classrooms housing the geography department and changing rooms, toilets and showers for the physical education department was completed at Bourne Academy over the summer.

A major refurbishment of the food technology room has also been completed.

Head of physical education Ged Coles said: “The new changing rooms have been a fantastic and much-needed addition to the PE department.

“The new area is a contemporary, smart,working place, fully equipped with everything needed for a busy PE department.

“The students are extremely happy in their new changing areas with the extra space and the modern interior.

“The staff and students have fully embraced the move and we hope that the new areas will continue to raise standards within PE.”

The geography department has just moved into its new suite of classrooms, equipped with all the necessary IT hardware, projectors and digital visualisers to enhance the students’ learning experience.

Assistant head teacher and head of geography James Hind said: “The geography team are enjoying teaching in their new location and hope that the improved learning environment will help them to further improve upon the record results attained by Bourne Academy’s geography students on both GCSE and A-level this year.”

Headteacher Laurence Reilly said the new buildings have had a positive effect on the whole school, allowing them to create suites of rooms for each subject throughout the school.

Head of design and food technology Jane Elliott said: “The new food room is a bright and colourful new space which is equipped with some up-to-date commercial equipment. It is ideal for students to get an insight into the working of the food industry.

“Teaching and learning in such an individually-designed room helps our students to develop their practical skills. Feedback from all involved with the room has been overwhelmingly positive - definitely a room for the future.”

The project funding is coming from the increased revenue available to the school due to its academy status.