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Alresford school receives cash bonus for major building works
AN ALRESFORD school is moving forward on major building works after receiving a giant cash boost.
Perins School has been granted £1.2m to build a new two-storey maths block, to be completed by spring 2014.
Funding comes from the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund after it was approved by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and planning permission has been granted by Winchester City Council.
The extension will include eight classrooms with a flexible layout so room sizes can be increased or decreased to meet changing needs.
School business manager Clive Surry said: “Gaining this funding from the EFA is a major achievement for Perins and means we can bring forward plans for development.
The number of students at Perins is increasing year on year and classroom space is at a premium. This new block allows us to re-house the maths department, vacate the ‘temporary’ mobile classrooms that are at the end of their life-span and give the English department more space in the existing block, helping to raise standards across the school.”
The new block will be designed and built in partnership with Bentley Projects and meets modern environmental standards with energy efficient lighting, air-source heat pumps and high-tech insulation.
Head teacher Janice Bernard added: “Over the last few years we have been investing heavily in the teaching of our core subjects. The new maths block will help us to achieve our ambition to be one of the highest performing schools in the country.”
The school is also currently refurbishing its existing buildings and installing new furniture, with major work taking place over the summer in the Pascale block where the English department will move.
Mrs Bernard said: “Since the abandonment of the government’s ‘Schools for the Future’ programme, investment in our facilities at Perins has been a difficult subject. Funding is now finding its way through to the areas most in need and this is helping us bring the Perins estate up to date.”
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