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Delight as The Deepings School wins £4m grant

Jonathan Theobalds, Chair of Governors at The Deepings School with Lisa Goodchild, school business manager, headteacher Chris Beckett and pupils from Year 7 looking at an experiment in the science block at school which is to be replaced.

Jonathan Theobalds, Chair of Governors at The Deepings School with Lisa Goodchild, school business manager, headteacher Chris Beckett and pupils from Year 7 looking at an experiment in the science block at school which is to be replaced.

 

A school will open a new science building next year after being awarded a £4m grant from the Department of Education.

Staff at The Deepings School in Park Road, Deeping St James, were delighted to hear that their bid to replace the existing science block, which was built in the 1960s, and four mobile classrooms, had been given the green light.

The new science building will have 11 laboratories over two-storeys.

The funding will also support the complete refurbishment of a 1970s block at the school, allowing six further classrooms to be modernised.

As part of the project, there will be a large outdoor atrium social area in the heart of the school and a living laboratory biome, which is a self-sustaining eco-system.

There will also be a 90-seater lecture auditorium.

Chairman of governors Jonathan Theobalds said: “Governors are ambitious to provide the students and staff of The Deepings with the outstanding facilities they deserve to study and work in.

“Securing this substantial £4m grant is another significant step in achieving that goal.

“We are grateful for the fantastic work of the internal school team, Lincolnshire County Council and our technical advisors in developing this project and bid and we look forward to the successful transformation of our science facilities and surrounding areas.”

This is not the first time the school has been successful with funding applications and last year opened a new £2.5m sixth form centre. But it is thought the latest grant is one of the single largest awards granted in 2014/15.

Headteacher Chris Beckett said: “I am absolutely thrilled our brilliant team have achieved yet another successful bid; this will enable our students to work and learn in outstanding facilities.”

 

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