The Deepings School to benefit from £2m project

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A SCHOOL has secured £2m in Government funding for a major refurbishment project.

The Deepings School in Park Road, Deeping St James, has been granted the money following a successful bid to the Department for Education.

The school, which became an academy in February will receive almost £1m for the first phase of work on the main school block.

The money will be used to completely replace the boilers, windows and heating system. The building houses the English department and several administration areas.

Phase two of the refurbishment will follow the release of a further £1m.

All the English, science and technology classrooms will be revamped and the school hopes work will be complete by September next year.

Headteacher Chris Beckett said: “This is great news for the students, staff and wider community.

“We hope that this is just the start of things to come as we work with our design and building services company, Hewitt Freeborn, to develop and establish a school site that will provide the standard of facilities our staff and students deserve.

“As an outstanding school we have been asked to expand and this will enable us to provide facilities that will be the envy of many to go alongside an impressive academic offer to youngsters in the local area.

“We are also confident that this upgrading of our facilities will also benefit the wider community. This has been the case with our recently opened conference centre.

“We are also investing heavily in our ICT infrastructure with over half a million pounds being spent on an upgrade. Once again this will provide benefits to all at the school”.

Work will not stop with the main block refurbishment. The school is waiting to hear if it has been successful with a third bid to the Department for Education to fund roof replacement work.

And building work is about to begin on a £2.5m sixthform centre should also be finished in September next year.

The centre will include a multi-purpose study area, social space and refectory on the ground floor and 12 seminar, study and teaching spaces on the first floor.

Chair of governors Jonathan Theobalds added: “It’s going to be another exciting year in the development of The Deepings School.”