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Diggers move in to start work on £20M Academy

In a momentous move, school governors have signed a £20 million funding agreement to change the face of education in Sleaford over the next two years.

Chairman of governors Graham Arnold signed the government funding agreement on Friday (1st April) to allow building work to commence this week on the St George's Academy Sleaford and Ruskington sites.

This come after approval was given at the beginning of 2010 to become an academy, incorporating St George's College, Cotelands School in Ruskington and Aveland High School in Billingborough.

The Aveland site is to close in 2012 with pupil numbers steadily being run down.

Principal Paul Watson was excited to have secured all the money promised for the programme in the light of government spending cuts.

Work was now underway at Sleaford site and should be begin in June on building a state-of-the-art, new 330-pupil capacity school on the Ruskington campus and demolishing the old one. All work should be completed by August 2012.

Mr Watson said: "We are thrilled the whole of Sleaford will benefit from this as part of our quest to become world class in what will be an amazing school across two sites." Mr Watson said pupils had helped design the new look school from the offset and he was very relieved to finally get the funding confirmed.

There will be £3 million spent on a new computer system for the whole academy. At Sleaford there will be a new IT and science block and a new frontage will be built onto the school to form a new sixth form centre, leaving Westholme House to be used for administration.

There will be a new library and an extra assembly hall, engineering classroom, modern languages classrooms and a centre for training people to repair and maintain motor vehicles. The whole site will be landscaped with benches and garden areas and planning permission is being sought to use some lock up garages on The Drove bought back from the County Council grasscutting team to be used for storage of materials as part of the construction skills training department.

The above article have been sourced from the Sleaford Target.