School's six-decade-old classrooms to be demolished

PUBLISHED: 11:20 03 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:20 03 May 2018

Churchill Academy.

Churchill Academy.

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Funding for the final phase of a school's multi-million-pound upgrade programme has been approved, with buildings used to teach pupils for more than 60 years set to be demolished.

Churchill Academy is set to raze its 60-year-old main building, recently renamed Tudor Block, after receiving funding from the Government.

All lessons were housed in the building when the school was founded in 1957, and more recently it has been used for science and computing lessons. Parking will be created in its place.

The work, which is the third phase of the project, is set to be completed ‘in the middle of 2019’.

Headteacher Chris Hildrew is delighted with the progress.

He said: “Having the final stage of this project confirmed is brilliant news and is a fitting reward for the hard work and effort that has been invested to ensure the projects, at each stage, have been successful.”

Churchill began a programme of facility upgrades in 2017, opening a new business and computing facility after a £1.3million grant.

Shortly after it secured funding to the tune of £3.9million to pay for a 12-laboratory science and food technology complex, named the Dame Athene Donald Building, which is under construction and is due to be completed by the end of the calendar year.

The school received the cash for all three projects from the Government’s Condition Improvement Fund, and the money received for the demolition takes the total cost of the scheme to £6million.

Upon the approval of the funding bid for the science block, Mr Hildrew said Churchill’s students ‘deserve state-of-the-art facilities’ to enhance their studies.

He added: “Our main building has served us well for 60 years, but the students of 2017 deserve better than to receive their education in a building designed and built for the students of 1957.”

The school has applied to North Somerset Council for planning permission to demolish the building.

Assuming the application is granted, the school will use the levelled area to create a new car park – which it believes will ‘improve the safety of students and the public on the narrow roads around the academy by reducing congestion from on-road parking’.

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