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University Academy Long Sutton rebuild could save it from threat of closure

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The rebuild of Long Sutton’s secondary school could save it from the threat of closure - according to a relieved councillor.

University Academy Long Sutton has been selected as part of the latest round of the Government’s School Rebuilding Programme - the only one in Lincolnshire to win investment in this round.

Further details of the project are not yet known - with the school saying these will come in the autumn - but news of an investment in the building has been welcomed in Long Sutton.

UALS (58009378)
UALS (58009378)

District councillor Andrew Tennant said he was ‘delighted’ with the announcement - and feels it could prevent the UALS from suffering the same fate as St Guthlac School in Crowland, which closed in 2011.

Coun Tennant said: “The main feeling is relief that hopefully this will secure the long term future of secondary education in Long Sutton.

“When you see schools being ‘left behind’ in terms of investment and buildings - and facilities showing their age - it does make you wonder whether the idea is to develop huge learning centres elsewhere and ‘ship’ students out - such as what happened to Crowland St Guthlac in the past.

“My son was educated at the ‘Peele’ as it will probably always be known in these parts and we would certainty never have wished to change his path through secondary education.

“It is great news for our town to think that families can look forward to having a facility that is well funded and modernised.”

St Guthlac School merged with the George Farmer Technology and Language College to become University Academy Holbeach (UAH) in 2011, leaving pupils to travel outside of Crowland for secondary education.

UALS shares a leadership team with UAH, having changed its name from the Peele Community College in 2019. Its most recent Ofsted report, when it was still the Peele, saw inspectors deliver a second consecutive verdict of ‘inadequate’.

Bosses have promised that current and future parents will be able to see and contribute to the design of the new buildings, which it says will be energy efficient structures.

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