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Building projects and refurbished artificial pitch as part of Spalding Academy extension

A refurbished artificial pitch and a number of building projects are part of a multi-million pound expansion of a secondary school.

Spalding Academy, which is part of the South Lincolnshire Academies Trust, will be creating an additional 150 school places and 18 new jobs to cater for increased demand as hundreds of new houses will be built in the coming years.

Lincolnshire County Council has applied to build a new eight classroom block at the school, which will also include a number of internal alterations to create additional teaching space.

Spalding Academy pupils are thrilled with the new expansion (47064930)
Spalding Academy pupils are thrilled with the new expansion (47064930)

But the school’s plans do not stop there as there are projects to create new music and drama rooms along with refurbishing the astro-turf.

Executive Principal Lucy Conley is delighted with the new plans which satisfy the needs of future and current pupils.

She said: “Spalding Academy continues to be a thriving, successful and oversubscribed school. To meet local demand for school places, the Local Authority have proposed a permanent increase to our Published Admission Number (PAN) to 300 places, from 270.

“This will be starting with the Year 7 cohort in September 2022 and in each Year 7 cohort over the following five years, which will take the school to a revised capacity of 1,500 students. This represents a 30 student increase each year.

“We are of the view that these additional places meet local demand as far as possible, without compromising the quality of education that drives parental preference for the academy.

“The next few years will be incredibly busy and exciting, with all staff and students at Spalding Academy being obviously very pleased and supportive of these changes to satisfy current and future local demand.”

Along with the new eight general teaching classroom block, the school is looking to convert four internal classrooms into two ICT and two science labs.

The stage area in one of the school’s two halls will be removed to increase the floor area plus there are plans to create two dining hubs and two accessible changing rooms.

Mrs Conley said: “Additionally, I am pleased to be able to share that from school reserves, students benefitted by returning to school after lockdown to a newly refurbished full size artificial pitch and will continue to see development of their school environment.”

New PE changing rooms are also planned along with a second music room with a music room with multiple practice rooms.

Three teaching space drama rooms are also on the agenda along with a large performance area and a vaulted gallery reception space.

Spalding Academy will also be buying a new minibus.

The county’s assistant director for education Martin Smith said: “The council wants all local children to get a good education and that means making sure there are sufficient school places.

“A number of new houses have been built in the Spalding area in the last few years, and this is likely to mean increased demand for school places in the near future.

“Spalding Academy is a thriving school and this multi-million pound expansion project will create 150 additional places over the next few years, alongside improved facilities for pupils.

“However, the academy trust will need to secure approval from the Regional Schools Commissioner and the local authority requires planning permission before the expansion can go ahead with these exciting proposals.”

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