Last week the Journal was invited to look around the £1.2 million building project which has been completed at Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School in just 10 months.
Supported by a £450,000 Education Funding Agency grant, the school now has over 1,000sq m of extra teaching space in a new block housing a drama studio, three arts rooms, classrooms and an ICT and media studies room fitted with the latest equipment.
As Assistant Headteacher Ian Todd said: “It’s amazing how quickly it has all been finished. We were able to get equipment and furniture in over the half-term so that the new buildings are already being used by students, ahead of the official opening in September.”
Head girls Ome Kokoricha, Francesca Halter and Jessica Lord are especially delighted the project includes a sixth form common room.
All aged 17, they describe the new study and communal area as a ‘tardis’.
Jessica said: “It is much bigger inside than it looks outside”, to which Ome agrees and added: “We now have our own space with computers to study for exams.”
The girls have plans to leave their mark on the new site too - as Francesca explains: “The school council wants to create a garden, with the years all clubbing together and hopefully with support from the community.”
Headteacher Graham Burks said: “We are delighted to be able to enhance the provision for our students with the opening of our new art and drama block. This has also enabled us to add three more much-needed science teaching rooms following the conversion of our existing art rooms.
“We have been able to achieve this through a grant from the Education Funding Agency following our conversion to an academy. Thanks must also be paid to our local MP Nick Boles for his encouragement, advice and support during the bidding process.”
An official opening with the MP will be held on September 26.