University Academy Holbeach draws up plans for six classroom science block ahead of rise in student numbers
Plans for a new science building with six classrooms have been put forward by University Academy Holbeach (UAH) to meet a growing demand for places.
The plans, made up of four laboratories and two general classrooms, represent the first phase of an expansion programme which would allow the school to accept more Year 7 students in September 2020.
Currently, UAH has capacity for 1,350 students and sixth-formers across Years 7 to 13, including 180 new starters.
But following a request from Lincolnshire County Council (LCC), UAH hopes to make room for an extra 60 Year 7 students in September 2020, taking its total register up to 1,650 places.
In a joint letter to parents, carers and staff, UAH executive principal Steve Baragwanath and Andrew Breckon, chief executive officer for the Lincolnshire Education Trust, the school's trustees since 2011, described the planned expansion as a way to "avoid having to turn future pupils away".
The letter said: "The local authority (LCC) has been working with education providers across Holbeach, Spalding and the wider area to increase the number of school places available to meet growing demand.
"As a consequence, the local authority is fully supportive of UAH's proposal to increase its capacity to help meet the needs of the local community."
UAH's expansion plans have been revised after a request for funding from the Department for Education was turned down earlier this year.
Instead of replacing a temporary building with a new 16 classroom block, UAH now plans to have separate science and maths buildings, with the latter having ten classrooms.
The letter said: "Additional places at UAH will contribute to ensuring that future demand is met, with the academy having over-offered to take."