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.

“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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