THE New Year has heralded the arrival of brand new classrooms at Chulmleigh Community College. Three temporary units were installed during the Christmas holiday. They are the first of a number of buildings which will replace the many dilapidated temporary

THE New Year has heralded the arrival of brand new classrooms at Chulmleigh Community College.Three temporary units were installed during the Christmas holiday.They are the first of a number of buildings which will replace the many dilapidated temporary classrooms at the college in advance of a permanent new school being built.The three new classrooms - one a fully fitted laboratory and storeroom - will soon be joined by a new two-storey block of eight temporary classrooms, following the demolition of a further four unfit wooden classrooms later this week.Speaking to the Gazette, students and staff said the first of the new classrooms had already begun to make a difference."The new classrooms are much better as they are bigger and cleaner," said Jess Frankland, 15."We couldn't really do experiments before in the old classrooms and had to come across the school to use the practical equipment in another classroom - and only if that wasn't already in use by another class," added fellow Year 10 student Grace Alford, 14.Science teacher Helen Wall said that she was currently the envy of the teaching staff at the college."Science is a practical subject and very difficult to teach if it is not taught in a lab," she said."The new classrooms are amazing and have made such a big difference in terms of the practical work we are able to do."Although they are still temporary classrooms, they are really good quality, a good size and a great teaching space."The new temporary classrooms have been put in place while the college awaits news on the success of a £10.571m bid for new permanent buildings.An announcement on the "Building Schools for the Future" bid, submitted to the Government by Devon County Council in November last year, is not expected until next month at the earliest.It is hoped that the second phase of temporary classrooms will be completed by the end of the spring term.