Students will see a real difference when they get back from their summer holidays

When Ilfracombe Academy students and staff return from the summer holidays they will be able to see the full size of their new school.

Building work for a new school and sports hall is on schedule, with the hall expected to look almost finished by September, with framework, cladding and new windows in place.

It is set to open in the spring, while the new school itself should be ready in spring 2018.

Project manger Stuart Smith of BAM Construction said: "We have begun the construction of the building's reinforced concrete frame and, by September, this will have progressed to the point where the students and staff will be able to see the full size of their new teaching block."

Despite the lack of a sports hall and the need to hold exams at nearby St Peter's Church, the building work has not had a great effect on school life.

Headteacher Sharon Marshall said: "We are delighted with the progress so far and the building works are all on schedule.

"However, for the school it is business is as usual and every aspect of school life is carrying on as normal, but with the added excitement of knowing that in the near future we will be in a building that will enhance learning for all of us."

While the new school is being built, classes continue in the old and pupils will swap straight over in 2018 before the old 1970s building is demolished.

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