£15.3m makeover for Frederick Gough School serving Bottesford, Scunthorpe and Ashby
Multi-million pound plans have been revealed to improve Frederick Gough School in Scunthorpe.
The school, on Grange Lane South, will undergo a £15.3 million transformation as part of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.
The current school is more than 50 years old and the building work will see parts of the existing site demolished and replaced with more modern structures.
The improvements will involve the construction of a new entrance, a community sports facility and new teaching block.
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There will also be a 3G sports pitch and a new car park.
Ben Lawrance, head teacher at Frederick Gough School, said: "We are very fortunate to still be a part of the BSF programme and it is a massive plus that the Department for Education (DfE) is still doing the work they said they would do.
"There is a lot of relief because the money is still there for this project. Without this investment, I am not sure what we would have done. We have committed so many resources and plans to this project that without it we would have been lost.
"We are constantly looking at when things might start happening and are chomping at the bit to get started."
Frederick Gough School is the final secondary school in Scunthorpe to have BSF funding approved.
Of the cash, £13.9 million will be spent on construction and £1.4 million on ICT provision.
Building work has already been completed at Invenio Academy, Brumby Engineering College and Melior Community College, and is ongoing at The St Lawrence Academy and St Bede's Catholic Voluntary Academy, although the BSF programme was scrapped by Education Secretary Michael Gove in 2010, with all local authority schemes which had not reached "financial close" cut.
Full planning permission for Frederick Gough's improvements has been granted, and the school is now waiting for the green light from the DfE for final approval of funding.
The project, which is likely to start in the new year, is projected to finish in December 2014. Mr Lawrance said: "We have gone for the most affordable design, because we had 15 per cent of our capital funding cut a little while back," he said.
"This meant that we had to adapt the plans quite significantly and go for a much higher proportion of refurbishment rather than rebuilding."