Work begins on £2.5m sixthform centre

Lincolnshire county councillor Patricia Bradwell digging the first turf at a ceremony to mark the start of construction of the new 6th form block at The Deepings School, watched by staff and guests.
Lincolnshire county councillor Patricia Bradwell digging the first turf at a ceremony to mark the start of construction of the new 6th form block at The Deepings School, watched by staff and guests.
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Building work is well underway on a £2.5m sixthform centre which will be open for teaching in September.

The new facility at The Deepings School in Park Road, Deeping St James, will house all the school’s sixthformers when it opens.

It will provide a large social area, study base and refectory which will be staffed throughout the day as well as twelve seminar rooms and a library.

The building will be fully equipped with the latest computer technology and an outdoor learning area for use in the summer will also be developed.

Chairman of governors Jonathan Theobalds said: “This building, alongside the refurbishment work which has already begun, will make a real difference to the core business of teaching and learning at our outstanding school.”

Builders moved in in December and Lincolnshire County Council’s portfolio holder for education, Coun Patricia Bradwell (Con), took part in a turf-cutting ceremony in front of school staff and guests.

Most of the preparation work has now been completed and staff expect the steel frame of the building to begin to go up by the end of the week.

A new access road has already been installed and a PE store built.

The school, which converted to academy status in February as a member of the CfBT Schools’ Trust, is looking forward to opening the new building in September.

Headteacher Chris Beckett said: “We are delighted to see the work begin on this fantastic facility which will be of huge benefit to both our students and the local community.”

An open evening for prospective new sixthformers will be held between 6pm and 8pm on Tuesday, February 5. To contact the school and arrange a tour e-mail office@deepingschool.org.uk