The Deepings School will build £2m sixthform centre in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council

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A SCHOOL has revealed plans for a £2m sixthform centre.

The Deepings School has applied to build a two-storey facility on land between Spalding Road and Linchfield Road in Deeping St James.

Governors decided to build the centre after Lincolnshire County Council asked if the school could expand to meet growing demand in the area.

The £2m cost will be funded by the Government.

The building would become the new home for the school’s sixthform pupils and would include space for study and social use, a dining area, seminar rooms and a virtual library.

A planning application has been submitted to South Kesteven District Council and the school hopes to begin a 10-month construction process in September.

Headteacher Chris Beckett said: “This is great news for the Deepings and our superb students. They will have a facility fit for purpose and one that will be the envy of many a school.

“It will provide appropriate provision for all students and in particular those considering higher education. We also intend to make the facility available to the wider community for a whole range of activities.”

The proposed centre will incorporate 11 seminar rooms, a formal study area, social and dining facilities with small kitchen and servery, admin accommodation and toilets.

The kitchen will prepare snacks and serve meals from the main school. This may be operated by an outside catering company but will be used primarily for the school and associated functions.

Once the sixthform relocates to the new block it will free up room in the main school building. This will allow the school, which has been oversubscribed since the closure of St Guthlac’s School in Crowland, to take on an extra 30 pupils in Year 7, increasing its published admission number to 262.

Chairman of governors Jonathan Theobalds said: “The governors’ top priority for The Deepings School is always to provide on outstanding educational experience for our students.

“We are very pleased to have been able to work with the local authority to plan the expansion of the school and deliver this magnificent additional facility for our sixthform.

“We are now in an era where school building programmes are virtually unheard of and therefore for the Deepings to have secured this investment is something the whole school team can be very proud of.

“The additional facilities offered by this new build will enable us to improve lunchtime and group assembly arrangements for the benefit of the whole school.

“The university style seminar rooms and study space will provide a learning environment unique in the local area, facilities our students and staff richly deserve.”

Head girl Helen Massy said: “This is an amazing facility for our future sixthform students and I am sure they will benefit enormously from it.”

Road access to the new building will be from Spalding Road, with the current access point from Linchfield Road to be closed.