Ilfracombe Academy looking at an alternative examination hall as work on the new school complex gets under way

Ilfracombe students will be going to church to take their exams this summer.

Work is under way on the new multi-million-pound Ilfracombe Academy and as a result the school has hired out St Peter's Church as an exam hall.

The sixth form and Year 11 mock exams were held there in January and were reported to run very smoothly.

At the Academy site, contractor BAM Construction has begun phase one of the project to build an entire new school.

Currently, it is working on building the new sports hall, which is expected to be completed by February next year.

The school says the effect of the construction work on students will be minimal.

It has worked hard over the past few weeks to move the maths, music and drama departments to new locations in the main building while the work is taking place.

After the sports hall is finished the project will move to phase two - the creation of a new school to house up to 1,250 students.

The final phase three will see the demolition of the old school and a revamp of the dining hall.

Headteacher Sharon Marshall said: "We are delighted that the work has now begun on the new school. It is an exciting time for staff, students and, of course, the wider community."