Sixth form centre to to be built at school
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