Pupils enjoy fruits of big investment in Grantham schools

Youngsters at Isaac Newton School are enjoying their new classrooms on site. They are pictured in front of the new studio.
Youngsters at Isaac Newton School are enjoying their new classrooms on site. They are pictured in front of the new studio.
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Pupils at three schools in the Grantham area are enjoying the fruits of new building work which gives them more space and better learning facilities.

Isaac Newton Primary School in Grantham now has extra room for a growing number of pupils with the addition of two new classrooms and a new studio for drama lessons at a cost of £877,000.

New extension at Little Gonerby Infant School. Photo: 0301A

New extension at Little Gonerby Infant School. Photo: 0301A

The building work is finally over and the youngsters have moved into their new accommodation. The builders moved on to the Dysart Road site in February.

Headteacher Paul Hill said: “The build has improved the quality of the learning environment thanks to the addition of a new studio hall, two new classrooms and three new intervention rooms. The remodelling of the Foundation Stage has also ensured that pupils in Reception have an even better environment.”

Mr Hill said the children have been excited to see the building work being carried out and are now pleased to start using their new classrooms.

One pupil said: “We love our new classroom because there’s lots of space and we can get on with our work!”

A new science laboratory at Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen.

A new science laboratory at Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen.

Isaac Newton School opened its doors in 1976 and since that time has grown in size and now has more than 340 pupils on the roll.

This expansion will enable the school to accommodate the expected rise in future intake of pupils.

A new £500,000 building programme at Little Gonerby Church of England Infant School is almost complete. A new hall and kitchen (pictured above left) are being built on site.

The school will be able to prepare food on site and provide the children with meals which recent legislation says all infants are entitled to free of charge.

Headteacher Helen Hilton says the new hall is twice the size of the current one.

Mrs Hilton said: “It’s fantastic for the children. The facilities will be so much more improved. We are really excited about it. It also opens up the building to more community use.”

The school hopes groups will make use of the new facilities for meetings and sporting and fitness activities.

The new build is due to be finished in February, after the half-term holiday.

An official opening will take place on June 24 when the Bishop of Lincoln will be a special guest.

Staff and pupils at Charles Read Academy are enjoying two new state-of-the-art science laboratories (pictured above, left) as part of a continued redevelopment of the Corby Glen site.

As well as a complete overhaul of the laboratories, investment has also been made in science equipment.

Principal Robert Sloan said: “This is fantastic news. We now have science facilities that match the enthusiasm and passion our students and staff have for science subjects at Charles Read.

“They have been desperate to get into the new laboratories during the redevelopment work, and now that they are using them you can really see the impact they are having on learning.”

Wendy Marshall, chief executive of the David Ross Education Trust, said: “Science is at the heart of the curriculum, so it is only right that, if we are pushing students academically, we give them the best resources and facilities we can to help them achieve their ambitions and goals.”