Plans for the multi-million rebuild of Ilfracombe Academy will go on show at a public consultation. Work is set to begin in January and the community are invited to find out more at the event on Tuesday, July 14 in the school dining hall from 3.30-7pm. The plan is to rebuild the entire school with the exception of the art bock and the dining hall, built in recent years. The new school capacity would be for 1,250 pupils and a new school hall would be able to seat almost 1,000 for assemblies, concerts and events. A new sports hall would be built first, followed by the main building which will stand where the sports hall is now. Once everyone is moved into the new school, the old buildings will be demolished, so the Academy is confident there will be little disruption during the construction. Students will be involved in the design process and it is hoped the new building will last at least 60 years, providing the capacity for more students as Ilfracombe expands. Headteacher Sharon Marshall said they were delighted the new build would mean brand new facilities for every department in the school. The buildings have been designed to provide an outstanding learning environment for students and also to be accessible for community use, she said. It is a really exciting time for the school, we will be engaging our students in the design process. We want our students involved in the shaping of their school.