£250,000 roof grant for Braunton Academy

Pictured on the Braunton Academy roof are Kay Tregenna and John Thorn from TFQ Architects plus Marcu

Pictured on the Braunton Academy roof are Kay Tregenna and John Thorn from TFQ Architects plus Marcus Mason and Richard Hallt from Morgan Sindall. - Credit: Archant

School wins Government grant to replace leaking roof.

STUDENTS and staff at Braunton Academy are more than happy to see the back of a leaky roof that had put a dampener on their learning experience.

The school has secured £250,000 from the Government’s Education Funding Agency to replace the technology block roof and refurbish the textiles room.

Principal David Sharratt said the large flat roof had reached the end of its life-span and would cost a lot to keep patching it up.

“It was already leaking and spoiling the learning environment for our students and staff. In short it was an urgent priority to replace it,” he said.

The contract has been awarded to Morgan Sindall, which built Braunton Academy’s Isaac Hall in 2007 and work on the roof is already, with completion scheduled for early March.

“We secured TFQ architects to work up the design and help us with the bid and we are most grateful to them both for this success,” added Mr Sharratt.

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Mr Sharratt said in partnership with TFQ, the school had also put in grant bids to the Education Funding Agency to remove its remaining two temporary classrooms and build an extension of the humanities and languages block.

The extension would feature a new reception; additional learning needs room and an independent learning centre and library.

The money is also now in place for a new multi use games area (MUGA) to be built on the old school tennis courts, with work expected to start in June.

The school received £10,000 for the MUGA from the Fullabrook Community Fund plus donations from other sources and has match-funded the total to make the project possible.

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