Colyton Grammar School: Peer opens new design centre

PUBLISHED: 12:24 11 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:35 15 June 2010

FORMER Government Whip, the Rt Hon Lord Whitty, opened the re-modelled design and technology centre at Colyton Grammar School on Friday. His visit was part of the Peers in Schools outreach programme, which aims to improve students' understanding of the wo

FORMER Government Whip, the Rt Hon Lord Whitty, opened the re-modelled design and technology centre at Colyton Grammar School on Friday.His visit was part of the Peers in Schools outreach programme, which aims to improve students' understanding of the work of the House of Lords and encourage them to take an interest in politics and government.Before opening the centre in the Feoffees' Building, the Labour peer, himself a former draughtsman, spent an hour talking to Year 11 students about the British democratic system, how the House of Lords works with members of the House of Commons and about changes to the hereditary peerage system.Welcomed by governor Terry Lyddon and Lindsay Hunter, head of design and technology, headteacher Paul Evans, accompanied Lord Whitty around the building, where he saw two teaching groups using the refurbished area.The centre represents the second phase of a major programme to address significant needs in science, technology and the sixth form, arising from long-term problems with shortage of space and inadequate facilities in design and technology.Growing numbers of students remaining in post-16 education and the large numbers studying science at A level, also added to the need.It provides three modern technology workshops with clean design areas, machinery and workbenches, an up-to-date CAD/CAM area to house a computer-controlled router and laser cutter, a heat room, preparation area for technicians, office and storage space and integrated ICT facilities.First phase of the programme involved building the new Sindalls' Building, which houses two physics labs, prep room and more sixth form accommodation. It was opened in September by retiring head Barry Sindall and his wife Maggie - retiring head of biology - after whom it is named.Total cost of this phase of the project has been around £250,000, funded entirely from school resources. Business manager Steve Cook said: "The building is a major step forward in providing inspiring and effective facilities for design and technology, reflecting the significant shift towards modern methods of design and construction in the subject."It highlights the governors' commitment to addressing the capital needs of the school by using school resources to fund major projects when other sources of funding are limited."Mr Evans added: "The school continues to look to ways to find funding to bring facilities up to the standard expected."Building architects were TFQ Architects and main contractor Imperial Construction (SW) Ltd.


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