Turf cut on Honiton Community College's new building project

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 January 2017

Honiton Community College students and teachers at the turf cutting ceremony. mhh 02-17TI 5314. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton Community College students and teachers at the turf cutting ceremony. mhh 02-17TI 5314. Picture: Terry Ife

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Pupils were on hand to make a ceremonial start to a new sports complex at Honiton Community College.

An ambitious £1.8million bid to build a state-of-the-art sports facility at Honiton Community College is close to becoming a reality as work begins.

Pupils will benefit from a new dance studio, fitness suite, hall, four changing rooms, four classrooms and office space in the building, which aims to support the goal of instilling in youngsters a lifelong commitment to being healthy and active.

The college won a £1.8million grant from the Education Funding Agency on appeal and the project represents phase two of the school’s redevelopment – following the technology and modern foreign languages building in 2014 and the refurbishment of the English block in 2015.

Principal Glenn Smith said: “It is an amazing development for both the college and our community.

“It is the responsibility of my staff and me to ensure we do our absolute utmost to provide the finest possible education for the students of Honiton, and the surrounding villages, in the best possible learning environment

“The college is very fortunate to have an outstanding sport and physical education department that is committed to delivering an excellent curriculum to every child, no matter their ability.

“It is essential that every student not only understands the importance of personal fitness, but more importantly, leaves school with the intent of maintaining a healthy level of exercise in adult life. Having modern, purpose-built accommodation will support our goal.

“Our phase two bid was ambitious, considering the total cost of a state-of-the-art sports and fitness centre would be £1.8million, but we were adamant that approval of our bid would greatly enhance our facilities. The new building will have a significant impact on many students’ lives in the future.”

The current school gym and three old classrooms will be demolished to make way for the new complex, with the remaining area being turned into a recreational area and courts for the pupils.

Matt Burrell, the college’s director of finance and resources, said: “We’re really excited by this project which will provide a fantastic new facility for both students and staff.

“Bidding for extra income to supplement our main budget, which only covers day to day costs, is a key aspect of my role. We have another bid in progress to refurbish the science block, the result of which we hope to get in April. In the meantime, we’re eager to see the building develop over the coming months and are looking forward to moving in at the end of August.”

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