College secures £1.61 million of funding for new teaching block

PUBLISHED: 11:45 09 May 2014 | UPDATED: 11:45 09 May 2014

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Honiton Community College has been successful in securing £1.61million of government funding to build a new technology and modern foreign languages teaching block.

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The funding from the Education Funding Agency’s Academies Capital Maintenance Fund will enable the college to replace two of its outdated 1930’s buildings with a new purpose built one.

Building work is expected to start in the next few weeks with the completion and handover of the building in January.

Gary Wills, the college’s director of finance, said: “The new building will greatly improve the learning environment with state-of-the-art equipment and resources which will optimise and enhance our students’ learning experience. I am excited that the college can now replace an outdated, uneconomical, under-sized and ecologically unsound building with a brand new, fit-for- purpose facility that will represent the future of Honiton Community College.”

The college was up against stiff competition with bids for 3,300 projects, worth over £1.4 billion, submitted to the Education Funding Agency from 2,015 academies.

On completion of the build the existing languages and technology teaching blocks will be demolished to provide an additional paved area for sports and recreation.

Principal Glenn Smith added: “I am elated at the news that we have secured the funding to create a fantastic learning environment for our students. Considering the amazingly stiff competition for the limited government funds available, this affirms the strength of the talent and ability within in the leadership and governance of the college. I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Mr Wills, director of finance, for coordinating the bid and being the driving force behind our successful campaign for funds.”

The new building will provide nine bigger classrooms, up-to-date facilities and improved access for disabled students.

The cost of the build is £1.66million and the college is contributing £50,000 of these costs.

A time lapse camera is to be set up to record the progress of the construction.

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