College makes most of £980,000 new addition

Kris Statham, Head of Sidmouth College maths department, with head teacher Kenny Duncan in the new m

Kris Statham, Head of Sidmouth College maths department, with head teacher Kenny Duncan in the new maths block. Year 13 head boy and girl, Tom Haver and Ellen Drew, and six top performing year eight maths students were the first to take a look at the new classrooms. Ref shs 4986-02-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton - Credit: Archant

What takes 12 months, 13,400 bricks and £980,000 to build?

The answer is Sidmouth College’s new maths department - which students and staff moved into this week.

Devon County Council (DCC) funded the project, which has created bright, airy rooms that have been kitted out with interactive whiteboards, new tables and chairs.

The school is celebrating its completion as a significant step towards updating the premises and it will provide a stimulating and comfortable learning environment.

Principal Kenny Duncan said: “The introduction of the new maths block is a great addition to the facilities of the college and will provide students and staff with a first class environment to work within.

“I must admit, walking into such a lovely new building just before we broke up for the winter holiday was just the best Christmas present any headteacher could wish for.

“Improving our facilities and buildings continues to be a high priority for me since joining the college in 2012, and this is a very significant improvement to add to the hard work that has already gone into the college over the last two years.

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“Nevertheless, there is much more to be done - the school first opened in 1965 and some parts have seen little improvement since that time.”

The price tag included fees to demolish the previous building and move South West Water’s sewage and fresh water pipes.

The scheme follows a £637,000 investment to replace four dated temporary classrooms with a purpose-built building.

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