Work starts on Academy refurbishment

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THE MULTI-MILLION pound scheme to transform school buildings at The Eastbourne Academy is set to begin this month.

More than £10 million is to be spent redeveloping, refurbishing and extending the school in Brodrick Road.

Redevelopment of the Academy, on the site of the former Eastbourne Technology College, is being managed by East Sussex County Council.

The council is a co-sponsor of the Academy which has Sussex Downs College as lead sponsor and support from the University of Brighton.

Cllr David Elkin, council’s lead member for children’s and adults’ services, said, “I am delighted work is starting on this important redevelopment project.”

The building project, funded mainly by Government grant, will be phased to ensure the school curriculum can be fully delivered while construction takes place.

The work will involve significant redevelopment, remodelling and refurbishment of existing buildings together with some new buildings and extensions. It will also involve investment in improved ICT infrastructures and equipment to support learning.

At the centre of the plan will be new single entrance, replacing the current 14 points of entry to the school, new kitchen, dining hall and teaching accommodation to link existing buildings.

Specialist autistic facilities and a Multi Agency Facility to provide services for the local community will also be developed.

External spaces being redeveloped include extra car parking spaces, a new floodlit artificial turf pitch and fresh landscaping.

Keith Pailthorpe, principal of the academy, said, “This multi-million pound project is a sign of the major investment that the Government is putting into The Eastbourne Academy and its future.

“Parents and students have already recognised the significant improvements that have taken place in the last few years with students at our academy making more progress in last year’s summer examinations than in all but two of the other secondary schools in the county.”