St Andrew's School to get major expansion
Burnham-On-Sea school is among two in Somerset which are to benefit
from a £550,000 expansion investment to give them more space.
Andrew's School in Burnham is over-subscribed and has been making
the most of its current space, meaning that some classes number
up to 38 pupils.
school was rated as 'outstanding' in its last Ofsted inspection
and is keen to keep up the high standards.
County Council Cabinet Member Cllr John Osman said on Friday:
"New classrooms, built for the purpose, will make the school
experience even better for the children."
pleased we are able to continue the investment in schools which
has been £40 million since 2009, and expected to grow by
another £17 million by 2013."
Headteacher of St Andrews, Gavin Morris, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We have been given a lot of investment over the last six
or seven years and this has come out of the blue, so I am really
a personal perspective, its a healthy problem we have. We
are hoping to extend onto a small area of playground and then
replace it elsewhere so that we will be able to teach the school
in 11 classes rather than ten."
new classrooms and facilities at the school are expected to be
opened during 2013.
£546,000 grant to Somerset County Council was made within
an extra £500million given to local authorities by the Department
for Education and Skills this year to tackle the issue of over-subscribed
total capital grant for 2011/12 from the DfES to Somerset County
Council schools rose to £16.6 million with the inclusion
of this grant. The other Somerset school to benefit from the grant
funding is Somerton Infants.