A £1.2 million investment at a Grantham school will bring a much-needed boost to pupils.
The new build at Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School will improve the arts and drama provision on offer, provide a large common room for students and also create additional classrooms.
Measuring over 1,000 sq m in extra teaching space, the facility is not aimed at growing the student population but relieving the squashed conditions they are currently working in.
Headteacher Graham Burks said he is delighted the project has begun, and hopes it will be complete by early May next year.
He said: “It is our first year as an academy and it has been fairly lucrative. We’ve got this money and we’re going to put it to good use in developing the estate for the girls.”
A capital grant of £450,000 from the Education Funding Agency has made the build possible, with the remaining cash needed coming from school coffers. Mr Burks said the school deserves such an investment as the estate has barely been touched in 10 years.
Planning permission for the building work, being carried out by Lincolnshire-based construction firm Gelder Group, was granted by South Kesteven District Council in August.
Mr Burks said: “The local authority and the Government have recognised that we have a shortage of accommodation, and both have been very supportive of our plans.”
Once the building project is completed, pupils will be able to use three specialist art and design rooms, a drama studio, three general teaching rooms and a 150 sq m study area.
The relocation of the arts will also allow the expansion of science labs in the main school building.
Also excited about the project are head girls Katherine Fairfax, Laura Graves and Lily Walker-Parr, although in coming to the end of their education at KGGS they will not get much use from it.
Katherine said: “It’s really exciting. I think it’s going to offer lots of opportunities for the school just being able to expand because there are a lot of us here and no more space for sixth form, or drama and arts.”
Lily added: “I did GCSE art so I know it’s going to be nice for pupils to have a dedicated space.”
Laura said the larger common room would benefit sixth formers greatly, adding: “I think the project is good for girls because they can enjoy the new facilities and they might attract more students to the school.”
Mr Burks praised the help and support given by Grantham MP Nick Boles, who said this week: “I am delighted that KGGS has secured the money to invest in more classrooms and a dance studio.
“This jewel in Lincolnshire’s educational crown will be shining even more brightly in years to come.”