Sixth form cen­tre to to be built at school

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­ben­truslove

A PRO­POSED £2 mil­lion state-of-the-art sixth form cen­tre will be built at a school if the plans are given the green light by plan­ners.

The Deep­ings School, in Linch­field Road, Deep­ing St James, is so pop­u­lar it is burst­ing at the seams and as part of its plans to ex­pand it hopes to build a brand new sixth form cen­tre ready to open for Septem­ber 2013.

Plans have been sub­mit­ted to South Kesteven Dis­trict Coun­cil for plan­ning per­mis­sion and, if ap­proved, work should start this Septem­ber and take 10 months to com­plete.

Head­teacher Chris Beck­ett said: “This is great news for the Deep­ings and our su­perb stu­dents, they will have a fa­cil­ity fit for pur­pose and one that will be the envy of many a school.

“It will pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate pro­vi­sion for all stu­dents and in par­tic­u­lar those con­sid­er­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion. We also in­tend to make the fa­cil­ity avail­able to the wider com­mu­nity for a whole range of ac­tiv­i­ties.”

The new build­ing will be two storeys plans: An artist’s im­pres­sion of the new sixth form cen­tre at The Deep­ings School. high and free up space in the old build­ing, al­low­ing for an in­crease in the num­ber of school places.

It will mean the school will take an ex­tra form for Year 7 in Septem­ber 2013 in­creas­ing pupil num­bers in that year group from 232 to 260.

As the school is ranked out­stand­ing by Of­sted it is also ex­pect­ing de­mand for sixth form places to in­crease. There will be three ac­cess points to the new build­ing - pedes­trian ac­cess via the school bridge and off Linch­field Road and ve­hi­cle ac­cess and park­ing will be off Spald­ing Road.

The build­ing will in­clude a large down­stairs space for study and so­cial use based around a cen­tral atrium.

There will also be a re­fec­tory and serv­ing area along with an ad­min­is­tra­tion cen­tre for both staff and stu­dents. Up­stairs there will be 10 sub­ject spe­cific sem­i­nar rooms and a vir­tual li­brary.

Head girl He­len Massy said: “This is an amaz­ing fa­cil­ity for our fu­ture sixth form stu­dents and I am sure they will ben­e­fit enor­mously from it - I have en­joyed be­ing in­volved in the de­sign.”

Chair­man of the Gov­er­nors, Jonathan Theobalds said: “We are very pleased to be able to work with the lo­cal au­thor­ity to plan the ex­pan­sion of the school and de­liver this mag­nif­i­cent ad­di­tional fa­cil­ity for our sixth form. We are now in an era where school build­ing pro­grammes are vir­tu­ally un­heard of, and there­fore for the Deep­ings to have se­cured this in­vest­ment is some­thing the whole school can be very proud of.

“The ad­di­tional fa­cil­i­ties of­fered by this new build will en­able us to im­prove lunchtime and group assem­bly ar­range­ments for the ben­e­fit of the whole school. The univer­sity style sem­i­nar rooms and study space will pro­vide a learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment unique in the lo­cal area, fa­cil­i­ties our stu­dents and staff richly de­serve.”

To see the plans visit www.southkesteven.gov.uk

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