New Forest's Priestlands School has successfully bid for a £1.9m Government grant

Headteacher Chris Wilshire celebrates Priestlands £2m grant with students

Headteacher Chris Wilshire celebrates Priestlands £2m grant with students

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STUDENTS at a Hampshire school are celebrating a £2m Government funding boost.

Bosses at Priestlands School in the New Forest have been successful in a bid for £1.9m from the Education Funding Agency (EFA).

The cash will be used to re-clad the Pennington-based school’s three-storey Nichols Building.

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The cash will be used to re-clad and refurbish the Nichols building, pictured

Work has already begun on the project, which will see a new roof added and all exterior walls and windows replaced with insulated, “double-skinned” walls and double-glazed windows.

Fourteen temporary classrooms will house the school’s pupils during the nine months it will take to finish the work.

The work follows on from two previous projects funded by bids to the EFA.

The school’s two-storey Robert Hole Building has undergone £750,000 re-cladding and refurbishment, while £75,000 was given to the school to install double-glazing.

Head teacher Chris Willsher said: “This is a superb opportunity for the school and its students.

“It means that our students will be learning in modern, comfortable facilities with brand new equipment.”

The school has also completed a £170,000 project, partly-funded by New Forest District Council, to increase the size of the staff and leisure centre customers, while a £120,000 scheme has seen Wi-Fi installed throughout the school.

David Thomas, chair of the governors, said: “These investments are a direct result of the school converting to academy status three years ago.

“I am delighted that we have been able to do so much to improve the teaching and learning environment.”

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10:22am Fri 13 Jun 14

SilvanDryad says...

"The school has also completed a £170,000 project, partly-funded by New Forest District Council, to increase the size of the staff and leisure centre customers"
Won't be going to that Leisure Centre if it increases the size of its customers!

The original article (in the Lymington Times) says the money was used to extend the car park.
Echo staff, please get someone to read what you have written before publishing. (It's an old-fashioned concept called "proof-reading", closely associated with another called "editing").
"The school has also completed a £170,000 project, partly-funded by New Forest District Council, to increase the size of the staff and leisure centre customers" Won't be going to that Leisure Centre if it increases the size of its customers! The original article (in the Lymington Times) says the money was used to extend the car park. Echo staff, please get someone to read what you have written before publishing. (It's an old-fashioned concept called "proof-reading", closely associated with another called "editing"). SilvanDryad
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11:53am Fri 13 Jun 14

mark1111 says...

"to increase the size of the staff and leisure centre customers,"

Er what? Why does the school want bigger leisure centre customers?
"to increase the size of the staff and leisure centre customers," Er what? Why does the school want bigger leisure centre customers? mark1111
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