Delight at £50,000 Bourne Grammar School revamp

From left, Sophie Leslie, geography subject leader Gemma Pollard, Searaj Abuzoda, Zoe Cawood, chairman of governors Ian Fytche and Jack Richardson
From left, Sophie Leslie, geography subject leader Gemma Pollard, Searaj Abuzoda, Zoe Cawood, chairman of governors Ian Fytche and Jack Richardson

A school has opened its new refurbished geography department after a £50,000 transformation during the summer holidays.

Bourne Grammar School has unveiled its newly- refurbished geography suite of three classrooms, complete with a modern floor-to-ceiling gallery space for teaching aids.

Work started on the project, which has been funded from school budget, in July and was completed over the summer in time for the start of the new academic year.

On Friday chairman of governors and geography graduate Ian Fytche officially opened the new suite.

Headteacher Jonathan Maddox said: “We aim to be at the forefront of education in every subject we offer and are constantly seeking to improve our facilities here.

“I believe these new classrooms, which have been designed to give our geography pupils and teachers a spacious and modern learning environment, show our commitment to this continuing aim; I am delighted with them and with the reception they have had from the pupils.”

In line with a national increase in the number of pupils studying geography at GCSE level, Bourne Grammar has seen a significant rise in pupils opting to study the subject at both GCSE and 
A- level.

Space that was previously occupied by the technology department became available following the construction and opening of The Turing Centre in April and has been converted into the three new, inter-connecting classrooms.

Head of geography Gemma Pollard said: “We have designed the classrooms to suit the way we like to teach.

“The geography department here is very forward-thinking and we want students to enjoy a space that enables a collaborative, technology-supported approach.”

The department has been equipped with mini iPads so pupils can access online interactive resources and use video tools to support project work.