Turf cut to mark long-awaited school building project

Turf cut will mark start of long-awaited school building project.

WORK on a new �1.8million building at Chulmleigh Community College will begin with a turf cutting ceremony today (Thursday).

The new two-storey classroom block, together with a performance area, will house science, language, arts and music rooms.

In June, The Chulmleigh Academy Trust was awarded more than �2.5 million by the Education Funding Agency after waiting for decades for funding to do away with ancient crumbling temporary classrooms.

The college is also celebrating the launch of a new, high-tech computer system that links all five schools in its academy trust.

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The college and the four primary schools – Chulmleigh, Burrington, Lapford and East Worlington – all had different computer systems that could not link up.

Now, despite being told it couldn’t be done, the three IT staff have created a network so that every computer in every school can talk to every other computer.

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Network manager Mark Stabb explained: “We have developed a wide area network or WAN so that all five schools are linked to each other as well as back to the centre.

“It operates like a spider’s web so you can go around the edges as well as back to the centre.

“It means any member of staff or students can go anywhere across the network and log in using the same user name and password.

“This has been particularly useful for backroom staff who are based across the trust so they can access all the relevant sites they need to administer such things as payroll.”

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