School unveils new £1.3m computing suite as first phase of £5.2m revamp

PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 May 2017

Pupils and staff with the Dulux dog.

Pupils and staff with the Dulux dog.

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A North Somerset headteacher is 'thrilled' after his school unveiled a new business and computing block this week.

Churchill Academy and Sixth Form showcased the new facility on Monday, which is part of a three-phase plan to ensure the school is ‘fit for the students of the future’.

The £1.3million building was commissioned after the school secured funding from the Government’s Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) last year.

The school hopes the building will be kitted out with computers in time for students to use it before the summer holidays begin in July.

Churchill also recently secured £3.9million from the CIF to build a 14-laboratory science and technology block – with construction starting in the summer.
The school then hopes to demolish the 60-year-old main building which is ‘no longer fit for purpose’, according to headteacher Chris Hildrew.

Speaking at the opening of the new block, he said: “I’m really thrilled with the end product, it’s spacious, modern and everything we hoped for really.

“This building is phase one of a three-phase project to replace the main building which was built in 1956 and is now not fit for purpose.

“This building brings brand new facilities for students, lots of space to learn in and the latest equipment they can use.

“AzkoNobel, which owns Dulux, got involved to look at the decoration. We had a group of our students working with Dulux on the colour scheme, which we’re really pleased with.”

The building has been decorated with colourful feature walls which direct attention to the front of the classroom.

Students involved with the project met with AzkoNobel representatives and Lewis, the famous Dulux dog, to celebrate the completion of the project.

Mr Hildrew is looking ahead to future developments. He added: “Phase two is the science and technology building and we’re going to start building that in the summer.

“Phase three, which we’ve not yet been funded for, is knocking down the old building and replacing it with car parking and facilities for PE.

“We’re really pleased with phase one and we’re looking forward to phases two and three, making sure the school is fit for the students of the future.”

READ MORE: Churchill Academy is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

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