Sixth-form students at Bourne Academy can look forward to studying in new surroundings after the school secured almost £400,000 worth of Government cash.
Plans are being finalised for a new two-storey sixth form centre at the school in Edinburgh Crescent, just weeks after the Department of Education agreed to a £395,000 payout from its Academies Capital Maintenance Fund.
The new building, which will include a large common room, study centre with computers and office space for staff, is due to open in November as improvements at the school, formerly Robert Manning Technology College, take place.
Isobel Copley, community business development coordinator, said: “The sixth form at Bourne Academy has been growing steadily and the school’s examination results are consistently above the national average every year.
“So to have a purpose-built centre is a dream come true and the new sixth form building will have a major impact on this successful school.”
Bourne Academy is the second school in the area to secure funding from the Government in recent months for improvements to its buildings.
In April, senior staff at The Deepings School, Deeping St James, confirmed a £4 million grant for a new science building, outdoor area, 90-seat lecture theatre and biomedical laboratory.
Bourne Academy head of sixth form, Rachel Double, said: “We are really excited as the new building is going to make the sixth form a special place in which to study.
“The next school year will see an increase in applications and we are sure the new Sixth Form Centre will be loved by every student.”
Bourne Academy converted from county council to central government funding in September 2011, allowing it to compete with other academies across the country for cash to fund capital projects.
Headteacher Laurence Reilly said: “The successful bid comes at a time when there are already major improvements taking place, with enhanced facilities for PE and Sports Studies nearing completion.”