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Bid for new classrooms for Thomas Keble School

By Stroud Life  |  Posted: January 31, 2014

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NEW classrooms are in the pipeline as a Stroud school bids for around £650,000 to carry out the exciting development project.

An application for permission to build a six classroom block at Thomas Keble comprehensive in Eastcombe has just been lodged with the Stroud District Council local planning authority.

But headteacher Julia Maunder said only four of the half dozen classrooms would be provided during stage one of the scheme.

“We do not yet have the funding for the new development,” she warned.

“We have submitted a bid to the Educational Funding Agency and are awaiting the outcome.”

However, she said, in order to support the bid, the school was investing in the planning permission now.

Miss Maunder said that was because if the money was made available there would be a condition that the new building would need to be in place within 12 months.

“Whilst we are submitting planning permission for six classrooms we will ... add the additional two at a later date,” she said.

“This is an exciting time for the community of Thomas Keble School and we hope to be able to share our progress in the future if our bid is successful,” Miss Maunder said.

The £650,000 stage one scheme would replace four existing “temporary” Elliott buildings that were nearing the end of their expected 15 year life span.

Miss Maunder said it was important to note that the number of pupil places at Thomas Keble wouldn’t change.

“This will merely replace old, worn out, classrooms,” she said.

“We feel our limited size is something people want to retain as a unique aspect of our provision.

“Whilst our results are clear evidence that you do not need new buildings to achieve success, we believe our students and staff deserve the very best in terms of provision and as headteacher I will continue to work with our governing body to secure this.”

Thomas Keble should learn if its funding bid has been successful by mid-April.

If it is the new classrooms will be ready in the summer term of 2015.

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