North Somerset school to build new science block after funding success

PUBLISHED: 11:00 13 April 2017

An artist's impression of Churchill Academy's new science block.

An artist's impression of Churchill Academy's new science block.

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A North Somerset school will build a multi-million-pound science block after it received Government funding.

Churchill Academy will receive £3.9million to build a new science and technology block which is due to be completed in 2018.

The new 14,000sqft building will boast 12 science laboratories and two food technology classrooms.

The school secured the funding through the Government’s Condition Improvement Fund (CIF), which is the only route academies can use to secure state funding.

Prior to earning the funding, the school was granted planning permission from North Somerset Council to build the two-storey complex in February.

Churchill hoped to build a new science block last year, but it failed to secure support from the CIF.

But the school did receive more than £1million to build a new business and information technology facility in 2016 – and the project is due to be completed before the end of the school year.

The school is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and the science classrooms which are currently in use were at the heart of the original school campus in 1957.

A school statement said: “Following on from the successful build of their new £1.3m business centre, the phased approach to fully decommission one of the original 1950s buildings will see students benefiting from first-class facilities to match the outstanding education, by the end of 2018.”

Headteacher Chris Hildrew said students deserve ‘state-of-the-art’ facilities to enhance their studies.

He added: “We are delighted to receive this funding in our diamond jubilee year.

“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.

“I’m delighted that our students and staff will enjoy brand new state-of-the art facilities in which to work and learn for many years to come.”


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