Bourne Grammar school to expand after winning £760,000 grant funding

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A SCHOOL in Bourne has received a £762,050 grant create new buildings allowing it to expand facilities and cater for a greater number of pupils.

Bourne Grammar School, which became an academy in January, applied to the Academies’ Capital Grant Fund for money in March to finance a major building project at the school in South Road.

The school has found out that the entire sum sought was granted.

Director of business development at Bourne Grammar Jane Gray said: “We were absolutely delighted to get the full amount because of the benefit it is going to bring to the pupils.

“The end product will be a better teaching and learning space.”

Building work has already begun on the redevelopment of existing space in the school, making four new classrooms and enlarging a suite of English and science classrooms, which should be completed in time for the start of the academic year.

Subject to planning approval the largest phase of the building work is a brand-new block to accommodate the new systems and control department, where next generation electronics and design technology will be taught.

The building work is projected to take place in the autumn.

The final phase of the work is the moving of the library to a more central location, creating four new classrooms from the existing library space and extending a cafe.

From September the intake at the school will increase to six forms for the incoming Year 7s.

The building work is part of the school’s plan to be able to cater for an extra 150 pupils over the next five years. The sixth form is also expected to grow considerably.

Bourne Grammar’s headteacher Jonathan Maddox said: “It is great that our expansion in student numbers is being properly supported by such generous capital funding.

“We will be able to ensure that our students have a really top-class estate of buildings in which to flourish in their education here.”