Government cash wanted to upgrade 'poor' science block at North Somerset school

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 October 2016

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A North Somerset school has applied for planning permission to build a new two-storey block to replace one which is currently in a 'poor' condition.

Back in March the Mercury reported Churchill Academy and Sixth Form had lodged two bids for Government funding to help improve its facilities.

This plan – which has been submitted to North Somerset Council this week – is for a science and food technology block.

It follows a successful application to the Government for funding for a £1.3million development of a business and IT block.

However, although this development would be much bigger, the school has made it clear there is no proposal to increase its student numbers as a result.

Churchill leaders have also stressed the urgency of their proposal by insisting the current building is ‘not in an acceptable state’.

The 1950s mock-Tudor building currently provides teaching and learning space for around 2,000 students over the course of a two-week timetable and the school had won the support from Weston MP John Penrose for both applications.

Churchill has also been supported by the Education Funding Agency, which echoed the school’s view the building is ‘not in an acceptable state of repair’.

Planning permission will depend on the Government providing the funding as it has done for the IT block, which has not yet been confirmed by the school.

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