New building money for Chulmleigh schools

The Chulmleigh Academy Trust of the college and four primary schools awarded more than �2.5 million.

CHULMLEIGH Community College is celebrating after receiving long awaited government funding for new school buildings.

The Chulmleigh Academy Trust of the college, Chulmleigh, Burrington, East Worlington and Lapford primary schools has been awarded more than �2.5 million for improvement and refurbishment works.

The college has literally been waiting for decades to win funding enabling it to do away with ancient crumbling temporary classrooms.

More than �1.8 million of the money will be spent on the construction of a new two storey classroom block together with a performance area, that will house science, language, arts and music rooms. It is hoped to ‘fast track’ the work, with building anticipated to begin in July after students have left for the holidays. The programme is expected to be fast tracked with a faster than usual completion.

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The primary school has also received some �427,000 that will be sued to extend its building and create two new classrooms.

East Worlington gets more than �27,000 for refurbishment of the staff room and dining area, while Lapford has received some �31,000 for improvements including new flat roofing.

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The good news followed a visit on Friday by Peter Lauener, the chief executive of the Education Funding Agency, responsible for funding all academy schools in England.

Mr Lauener visited both Chulmleigh College and primary school, seeing for himself the need for new accommodation and the Academy Trust’s business model for providing education between all five school in the ‘academy chain’.

Mike Johnson, executive headteacher for the group, said the funding news was fantastic:

“We want to make sure the pupils get the very best opportunities but we have felt we were held back by the accommodation,” he said.

“This will give us the opportunity to get rid of the temporary classrooms that are beyond their useful life. It is also great news for the primary school, which is highly sought after by local parents, so this will enable them to grow in lien with demand.”

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