New facilities for Bourton-on-the-Water Primary Academy
£0.754 million cash injection into improving Cotswold school.
Bourton-on-the-Water Primary Academy will use this much needed funding to expand its core facilities. The school will build a brand new purpose built professional kitchen and extend the existing school hall to provide for more children.
This work will allow the school to create space for a new classroom and create additional places for children in the area as new homes are being built.
John Jones, head teacher of Bourton-on-the-Water Primary Academy, said: “With the expansion of the village and the expectation for the school to increase its intake, it is vital that changes to facilities are made to make sure high quality educational provision.
“This funding has allowed us to develop areas that we could not have done without it.”
Gloucestershire County Council is managing the project alongside the school and developer Speller Metcalfe. The improvements are due to be completed by the summer of 2018.
The money comes from s106 funding from developers as part of planning permission. This can be used in the local area for things like school expansions, community facilities or road improvements.
Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for economy, skills and growth, said: “This is a really positive commitment from the developer and this council.
"Bourton Primary Academy has worked hard to put in place a masterplan that will help it to meet the local demand for school places over the coming years.
"It is great news for students, staff and the local community."
Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, local member for Bourton-on-the-Water, said: “ There is a need for extra places at Bourton Primary Academy with the village expanding quickly, so this is excellent news for the local community.
“This section 106 funding will help them to get started on their expansion plans, which is something the school has been wanting to do for a while.”