New building for Great Torrington School?

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The school has put in a bid for a new library, resource centre and dining room.

GREAT Torrington School is hoping to build an extension with a new library, resource centre and dining room.

The school has put in a bid through the Education Funding Agency’s academies capital maintenance fund to build the facility.

Louise Leonard, of Great Torrington School (GTS), said the building would be situated within a courtyard and would provide improved facilities for the pupils.

She said: “Currently our Library is too small for the number of pupils we have and for the high levels of usage.


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“All the authors and poets who visit us recognise that GTS has a vibrant library which is central to the learning of all our pupils.

“GTS is the only school in Devon that does not have a dedicated Dining Room.

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“Whilst our pupils have, through their fabulous art work, made it a lovely environment to be in, as with the library it is too small and has to be used as a multi-purpose space.”

The new space would also incorporate The Hardy Centre, which was set up in 2011 to support young people at the school.

The centre currently resides in a mobile classroom, and maintenance is becoming expensive.

The school has put a planning application in for the two-storey building to Torridge District Council will find out if it is successful in its bid next month.

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