Vandals fail to spoil joy of new building

Headteacher Chris Beckett outside the new �2.5 million sixth form centre at The Deepings School, Deeping St James.
Headteacher Chris Beckett outside the new �2.5 million sixth form centre at The Deepings School, Deeping St James.
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Students and staff at the Deepings School have entered a new age after the opening of a new £2.5million sixth form centre.

But vandals threatened to spoil the celebrations after a tractor was driven into electric doors at the side of the building on Linchfield Road, Deeping St James.

It is unclear whether the incident which happened some time between noon on Saturday, September 14, and 8.15am last Monday was an attempted break-in or a prank gone wrong, but headteacher Chris Beckett said the school was now keen to “move on.”

He added: “It wasn’t a great start to the week but the damage was relatively minor and we’re hoping we can put it behind us.

“We don’t know whether it was an attempted break in or some people messing around on a dumper truck which went out of control, but we all just want to move on now.”

Work on the new sixth form centre went on throughout the summer and it features 12 seminar rooms, library, study area, cafeteria and outdoor learning area.

Mr Beckett said: “A lot has gone on throughout the course of the summer and the new centre was only just finished in time for the start of term but the school is a good place to be at the moment.

“The staff are very happy with the changes and the students, particularly the sixth-formers, have described it as a great facility and they said the sixth form centre has a very university feel to it which is what we wanted to establish.

“They are very lucky to have it but they deserve it and things are looking very positive with all the changes at the school.”

The centre is the latest stage of a £9million investment into the school’s infrastructure which also includes a £1.5million conference and training centre, another £1.5million on redeveloping the English block and a £500,00o overhaul of IT systems.

There are also plans to build a new £3.5million science building with 12 laboratories and other facilities.

Mr Beckett said: “We’re always trying to move forward and take that next step on the spectrum of making the school one to be proud of for everyone.”

Anyone with information about the incident of vandalism should call police on 101, stating incident number 42 of September 16.