£3.5m grant allows school to work from just two sites

Oxford Mail: Headteacher Simon Spiers Headteacher Simon Spiers

A MULTI-MILLION pound grant will allow a school to operate from two sites instead of three.

The £3.5m government grant will pay for a new 13-classroom block so King Alfred’s Academy can move from three sites to two.

The Educational Funding Agency (EFA) grant will fund a £4m restaurant and classroom block on the Wantage school’s Centre Site in Portway.

The block is part of a £12m improvement project at the site, which also includes a new £3m science block and a £4m sixth form block.

New buildings will allow the 1,800-student academy to take new pupils from 5,500 new homes due to be built in Wantage and Grove by 2031.

The school has said the Portway site improvements would allow it to close its East site on Springfield Road and move to a two-site operation.

Headteacher Simon Spiers said: “This is an important step towards realising our vision to rebuild Centre Site and give our students, staff and local community the outstanding facilities that will underpin the outstanding teaching and learning that goes on here.

“We are all very excited about this new £4m development for the academy, which is the first significant new-build project for many years.

“It is part of the overall plan to revamp Centre Site and then, ultimately, to move from three sites to two.”

The funding from the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund brings the total granted to King Alfred’s in the last two years to £4.7m.

This has enabled the academy to update classrooms on East Site, make improvements to the science block on West Site on Challow Road and refurbish its creative arts facilities in the £750,000 Christopher Loyd Building on Centre Site, opened by the Earl of Wessex on April 25.

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12:19pm Sun 18 May 14

birdtable says...

Has anyone considered the congestion which ensues on the roads around Centre Site at start and end of school caused by the coaches, and the near misses that occur.

Additionally the state and width of the roads leading to Centre Site . I assume some of the grant can be utilised to make improvements in that area.
Has anyone considered the congestion which ensues on the roads around Centre Site at start and end of school caused by the coaches, and the near misses that occur. Additionally the state and width of the roads leading to Centre Site . I assume some of the grant can be utilised to make improvements in that area. birdtable
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3:40pm Tue 20 May 14

keb1984 says...

Does anyone know what they may do with the East site once the move is made? More new homes?
Does anyone know what they may do with the East site once the move is made? More new homes? keb1984
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5:31pm Tue 20 May 14

TobyB1960 says...

keb1984 wrote:
Does anyone know what they may do with the East site once the move is made? More new homes?
Ideal site for a new secondary school in Wantage!
[quote][p][bold]keb1984[/bold] wrote: Does anyone know what they may do with the East site once the move is made? More new homes?[/p][/quote]Ideal site for a new secondary school in Wantage! TobyB1960
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