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Bourne Academy set to expand to cater for growing pupil numbers

Bourne Academy has been given permission for a new building to cater for “the ever growing number of students”.

South Kesteven District Council approved the plans for the Edinburgh Crescent school, which is part of the South Lincolnshire Academies Trust, last week.

Headteacher Laurence Reilly said the new two-storey building was "necessary to provide additional capacity to accommodate the increased number of students now being admitted to the school in Year 7".

Bourne Academy (5226969)
Bourne Academy (5226969)

He said: "We have agreed with Lincolnshire County Council that there is so much demand for places at the school that we needed to raise our pupil admission number from 225 to 250 in each year group. The first such intake are now with us and, judging from the initial list of applications from parents of Year 6 students, we will again have 250 starters in September 2019."

The new build will consist of two standard classrooms and two computer rooms, each 30 machines. The computer rooms will provide a base for the BTEC Sports Studies courses. The two classrooms will provide additional capacity for the teaching of English.

It follows on from the school's recently constructed four classroom block, which has science laboratories and two study rooms for sixth form pupils.

Mr Reilly added: "Such is the demand on the school site, the school is having to upgrade its mains electricity and gas supplies, as well as providing a fire hydrant near the new block.

We are fairly close to capacity, but the above developments, together with some refurbishment of existing buildings, will enable us to continue to meet the demand for places at Bourne Academy. These developments mean that we will have the capacity to meet the needs of any family in the Bourne area, as we are non selective. We pride ourselves in providing the community with access to a high quality education, with banding and setting to ensure stretch and challenge, backed up with superb pastoral and safeguarding support for students and families."

Officers concluded the plans for the two-storey build would “increase school places in the town and therefore contribute towards retaining population within the town.”

They said it would “not have any adverse impact on the character of the area” or impact on neighbouring properties.

The development will be built on an existing outdoor play area at the Edinburgh Crescent school and will take up around 17mx9m space.

No objections were received to the plans and council officers noted it would not “generate any significant vehicular traffic”.

The latest build, which will be built on a current outdoor play area, is expected to be complete by next September.

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