£3.5m improvement to Seathorne school

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SEATHORNE Primary School has been awarded £3.5million to carry out much needed improvements to its dilapidated buildings.

Lincolnshire County Council’s investment will create a new library, kitchen, staff room and classrooms to cope with an intake which has doubled since the school was first built nearly 60 years ago.

To deal with increased pupil numbers piecemeal additions to buildings have been carried out over time but this funding will provide a long term vision for the school.

It had originally been selected along with others from the region as a recipient of the Primary Capital Programme initiated by the former government.

While other primary school’s including Ingoldmells and Wainfleet saw their improvements materialise in the first phase of the investment, works for Seathorne were not scheduled to take place until the following year.

However after last May’s elections the programme was cancelled altogether and if the county council had not selected it for one of its own school improvement programmes it would have missed out on the vital investment.

Headteacher Iain Cameron said: “We are very grateful that it is going ahead after the Primary Capital Programmes was axed and we are very excited about it.

“There may be some disruption but in the long term it is going to become a school which can deliver a curriculum for the 21st century.”

Currently many of the classrooms are too small to be fit for purpose and offices have had to be converted from old washrooms.

The works, which are scheduled to be completed by autumn 2012, will see some old buildings demolished and rebuilt and others refurbished.

More recent additions to the school, including the nursery, hall and one of the classroom blocks will be retained and additional works will link those together. The modern facilities will enable wireless technology to be utilised throughout the building.

Executive councillor for children’s services Patricia Bradwell said: “This is great news for the pupils and staff at Seathorne.

“It will bring much needed modern facilities and create a better learning environment for both children and teachers.”

Parents and pupils have been informed of the exciting new plans for the school and an open evening will demonstrate how the new buildings will look and what they will offer.

Although there are potential disruptions to educating pupils on a building site, the school intend to make the most of the situation by basing some of the lessons around what is taking place throughout the construction process.