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Ground-breaking ceremony held to celebrate the start of building of the new art, design and technology centre at The Deepings School in Deeping St James




A school is well on the way to having a new art and design technology centre.

Pupils at The Deepings School on Park Road in Deeping St James will benefit from the new centre and headteacher Richard Lord, was joined by year nine construction pupils and representatives from other organisations involved in the project, for a ground-breaking ceremony on Tuesday (October 8).

Mr Lord said: “ We are thrilled to have the opportunity of providing our students and staff with impressive new accommodation in which to teach and learn.

Lucy Spencer, Lisa Goodchild, Michael Andrews, Dave Jessop and headteacher Richard Lord with the shovel. Photo: David Pearson
Lucy Spencer, Lisa Goodchild, Michael Andrews, Dave Jessop and headteacher Richard Lord with the shovel. Photo: David Pearson

“At a time when many schools are having to cut back on creative subjects, due to funding constraints and a narrowing of the curriculum nationally, we are delighted that at The Deepings School we continue to offer a broad curriculum to our students at all stages in their secondary education.

“We know that the new art, design and technology centre will allow us to raise standards further and be an inspirational space for the whole school community to enjoy.

“It has been great to celebrate the start of building work today and we look forward to working with the builders, McAvoy, over the coming months. ”

The new centre replaces a 45 year-old design and technology block and will house art, food technology, textiles, resistant materials, IT and media classrooms over three floors.

On the second floor, there will be a 128 square metre art and gallery facility, which will be particularly welcome to Sixth Form art students as it will provide them with a space in which they can work independently.

There will also be a dark room for photography and pottery facilities.

Funding for the new block was secured through the Department of Education’s priority schools building programme and is expected to open next summer.

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