Schools to build on success with Government aid of £38 million

Students at Bourne Grammar School which is getting �460,000 from the Government for improvements to its communal and dining areas.

Students at Bourne Grammar School which is getting �460,000 from the Government for improvements to its communal and dining areas.

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Three schools in Bourne, Gosberton and Spalding are to share in a £38 million cash bonanza from the Government across the East Midlands to modernise buildings and classrooms.

Spalding Grammar School has secured more than £100,000 for re-roofing work, while Gosberton Primary Academy is to get an as yet unspecified amount to upgrade lighting.

Bourne Grammar School is delighted to have been granted £460,000 which will fund a programme of developmental works to improve the school atmosphere for our rapidly-growing number of students.

Headmaster Jonathan Maddox

But the biggest winner is Bourne Grammar School which can expect £460,000 to create outdoor communal areas for students and refurbish toilet and dining facilities.

Headmaster Jonathan Maddox said: “Bourne Grammar School is delighted to have been granted £460,000 which will fund a programme of developmental works to improve the school atmosphere for our rapidly-growing number of students.

“The school has always been maintained in excellent condition so it is able to use grant funding for improvements and additions, rather than for essential repairs.

“There will be major projects to cover two large areas to provide shelter for our students when they are outside of the main buildings, in particular at break-time and lunchtimes.

“In addition, the funding covers a major refurbishment – including some additions – to the washroom facilities around the school.

“We have always believed that the atmosphere in which the students spend their time at our school is of the greatest importance and the coming developments will markedly enhance the pleasant surroundings for the students and staff.”

For Spalding Grammar School, it is the second time senior staff have secured cash from the Government for major building work after it received capital grants to install a new boiler at its main site in Priory Road, as well as resurfacing its car park.

A school spokesman said: “For the second year in a row, Spalding Grammar School has secured funding to ensure that its facilities are kept in superb condition for all current and future students.

“About 1,100 academies and colleges across the country secured funding from the Government’s Condition Improvement programme (CIF), but only 16 from the whole of Lincolnshire were successful.

“This demonstrates the strength of bid from Spalding Grammar School after last year’s funding resulted in both a completely new boiler system that made the school far more energy-efficient and also a new car park being laid.

“This year’s monies will be spent on a full reconditioning of the flat roofs in the school, ensuring weather proofing and security.

“Securing funding from the CIF allows the school to invest in providing a superb education to all the students for many years to come.”