Bingham school granted £3 million to go towards new teaching block

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A secondary school has won a £3 million grant towards the cost of a new teaching block.

Toot Hill School in Bingham wants to build a new extension to its site at The Banks which will house 22 classrooms and other facilities.

A bid for a new teaching block costing £3.5 million was submitted in December 
2012.

The Academies Capital Maintenance Fund will provide the £3 million over a two year period while the Board of Directors of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust have agreed to contribute £500,000 towards project costs.

Rob Whiteley, Senior Deputy Headteacher in charge of the bid, said: “We recognise how fortunate the school has been to receive this investment. There were 2,158 bids submitted nationally to the DfE totalling £1,100 million from a central fund of £325 million so to have our bid confirmed is a real recognition of the outstanding education being delivered by Toot Hill School.”

The new teaching block has been designed by Franklin Ellis architects. It will house 22 classrooms and a catering facility and will be located on land adjacent to the tennis courts. Once contractors have been secured, work on site is expected to begin at the end of the summer term. The completion date for the project is August 2014.

Barrie Thomas, Chair of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust, said: “The new building is an exciting opportunity for Toot Hill School.

“With new state-of-the-art facilities, we can continue to offer outstanding education to our childrenlong into the 
future.”