Bourne Grammar School plans £500,000 sporting investment

Bourne Grammar School has unveiled plans to invest £500,000 in its sporting facilities.

The school in South Road received £92,216 from the Bourne Educational Foundation towards the project at the school’s sports presentation evening on July 9.

Governors are preparing a planning application for a 101-metre by 71-metre all-weather playing surface on the school field.

Plans to expand the sports hall, which was built in 1996, are also in place. The three badminton courts will be increased to four and an additional three acres of playing fields will be added to its estate. Developer Kier Homes has given land to the school as part of an agreement when it built the Elsea Park estate.

The new facilities will be available for public use outside of school hours. Headteacher Jonathan Maddox said: “It is all full steam ahead. The plans are part of a general expansion at the school across the board.

“We are immensely grateful to our friends at the Bourne Education Foundation for this enormous contribution to the all-weather surface.

“The Bourne Education Foundation governors know the school well so can be confident that the money will, hopefully very soon, enable hundreds of students every year, for years, to enjoy high-quality play without disruption due to the weather.

“The new facility will also be a wonderful and much-needed community facility, to be enjoyed by all.”

Mr Maddox said the new facilities would be vigorously used day and night by the pupils and the public.

He said now the project had been given impetus by the grant from the Bourne Education Foundation, a charity that supports all five Bourne schools, the school would start its drive to find the additional £400,000 required to fund the project.

The expansion of the sports hall, as well as providing additional sports facilities, will provide extra space for the school of more than 1,000 pupils to hold exams and whole school assemblies.

The playing fields will be added to the school’s estate in September but will need to be developed before being suitable for use.