Honiton school celebrates successful £1million bid for science block refurbishment

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 May 2018

How the revamped science block at Honiton Community College willl look in September.

How the revamped science block at Honiton Community College willl look in September.

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An well-used science block at Honiton Community College is in line for a £1million revamp.

Staff and students are celebrating after the school was successful in its ‘condition improvement fund’ bid made to the Department for Education (DfE).

The refurbishment is starting this month, and the college hopes to complete the project in September 2018.

The facelift will comprise a new roof, windows, internal and external doors, new flooring, decoration throughout, completely new gas, water and electrical systems and new laboratory fixtures and fittings.

Principal Glenn Smith said: “Given the number of requests, we must be extremely good at writing bids and my thanks goes to Mr Burrell and his team for putting together comprehensive proposal.

“We are very fortunate to be in receipt of this fantastic news. There will be hurdles to jump but each will be a good problem to have.

“I know we will pull together, as always”.

The DfE received requests for more than £1.5billion for more 4,600 projects in this year’s round of bidding, eventually announcing £514million for 1,556 projects at 1,299 academies and sixth-form colleges.

Kelly Knight, head of Science at HCC, said “The renovation of the science block is very exciting and much needed.

“In the long-term it will provide students with better facilities and an improved learning environment.

“It does mean that in the short term we will lose a few of our current laboratories from early May.

“The school is working hard behind the scenes to move classes and ensure that all students will still have access to practical science within a laboratory setting.

“Science teachers are busy planning for this move and will be trying to incorporate some of the more ‘outdoor’ practical science aspects into the coming months.”

Matt Burrell, director of finance and resources, added: “The college has been successful in a total of four condition improvement bids, resulting in £4.5million of improvements.

“This funding, which is applied for separately and ring-fenced for capital projects meaning it cannot be spent on the running of the college, has delivered a brand new CreATE and MFL building completed in 2015, an English block refurbishment in 2016, a brand new sport and PE building completed in 2017 and now a science refurbishment due for completion this year.

“This demonstrates our desire to provide first-class facilities to our students, staff and the local community.”

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