There was excitement at Bourne Academy this week when funding for a new sixthform centre was confirmed.
Pupils and teachers celebrated after the news that nearly £400,000 has been allocated from the Department of Education’s Academies Capital Maintenance Fund to create a new block at the school.
Isobel Copley, community business development coordinator, said the centre will be a “dream come true” for the school.
She said: “The sixthform has been growing steadily and the school’s examination results are consistently above the national average every year, so to have a purpose built centre is a dream come true.
“The new sixthform centre will have a major impact on this successful school.”
Head of sixthform Rachel Double said “We are really excited.
“The new building is going to make the sixth form a special place in which to study.”
“The next school year already sees an increase in applications and we are sure the new centre will be loved by every student.”
The two storey centre will be built adjoining the current teaching block erected in 2009.
There will be a large common room and a study centre with computers plus office space for sixth form staff.
The school, in Edinburgh Crescent, Bourne, is still welcoming external applications for September this year.
It is hoped the sixthform centre will be ready to open on November 1.
Headteacher Laurence Reilly said: “The new sixthform centre will provide a large social space for our growing sixthform, together with a significant increase in the number of computers available for our students to use during their private study sessions.
“The successful bid to the Department of Education comes at a time when there are already major improvements taking place at the school, with enhanced facilities for PE and sports studies nearing completion and preparations underway for a large extension to our provision in creative arts, including drama, music technology and art, ready for the new academic year.”
He added: “Parents will also be able to use our new on-site uniform outlet when it opens next week.
“It is easy to see why the school is now oversubscribed, with over 220 applicants for Year 7 places this September.”
For more information about the school, which was formerly called Robert Manning Technology College, visit the website at www.robertmanning.org.uk