King’s applies to demolish leaking classrooms

The King’s School has applied for permission to demolish ‘poor standard’ temporary classrooms and build a two-story eight-room extension at a cost of almost �2 million.

Earlier this month the Ottery academy was successful in applying for funding from the Department for Education for a new block to replace out-dated facilities.

Plans have now been submitted to East Devon District Council for approval, and include proposals for constructing six general classrooms, two computer classrooms, with an attached computer lab, staff offices, toilets and storage.

A statement from The King’s said it is very short on classroom space, and has a number of tired ‘temporary’ rooms.

It said: “At some points in the week every ingle teaching space is being used simultaneously, which then combined with poor standard or temporary buildings that have leaking roofs and other significant maintenance issues, leaves no room for re-accommodating lessons despite the health and safety risks.”

A brand new ‘21st century’ school would be ideal, it added, but this is unlikely in the near future, so this application would allow for the demolition of the poorest condition buildings.

The final decision will be made later in the year.