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HONITON: Go ahead for new college building

Tuesday, 06 May 2014

A brand new state-of-the-art teaching facility will be built at Honiton Community College this year, after financial support was finally granted. The college had made two previous unsuccessful applications to the Education Funding Agency, but the million-pound plus project was at last given the go ahead this week, two years after plans were first drawn up. The two-storey building, which will be built on the school playground adjacent to the playing fields, will provide improved facilities for the Technology and Modern Foreign Languages departments. A total of £1.6 million has been granted to the college to fund the project, and construction is expected to start immediately with staff and students able to make use of the building by the end of the year. Following the build, the existing Technology wing and Modern Foreign Languages building will both be demolished, clearing away two of the college’s oldest structures. The shape and layout of the school playground will have to be adapted to suit the redesign, but the new building is set to bring teaching facilities up-to-date and reduce the college’s overall carbon footprint. Gary Wills, Finance Director at the college, said: “The new building will greatly improve the learning environment with state-of-the-art equipment and resources which will optimise and enhance our students’ learning experience. “I am excited that the college can now replace an out-dated, uneconomical, undersized and ecologically unsound building with a brand new, fit-for-purpose facility that will represent the future of Honiton Community College.” Competition for funding is often high and the college’s bid was one of only a select few nationwide to be offered support this year. Work on the new building will get underway within the next few weeks, with the project due to be completed by the end of November. Principal Glenn Smith said: “I am elated at the news that we have secured the funding to create a fantastic learning environment for our students. “Considering the amazingly stiff competition for the limited government funds available, this affirms the strength of the talent and ability within the leadership and governance of the college. “I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Gary Wills for coordinating the bid and being the driving force behind our successful campaign for funds.” Staff in both departments have had to manage unsuitable classroom facilities for many years but the new building will provide designated teaching areas for all subjects, including Resistant Materials and Food Technology. Languages students will also benefit from larger classrooms, more conducive to group learning and speaking and listening activities. Lynda Price, Chairman of Governors, said: “Modern, purpose built surroundings aid students’ learning of these important subjects and Honiton Community College students deserve the best we can provide.”


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