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School waits to hear on growth
STAFF at Shipston High School face an anxious wait as Warwickshire County Council considers its request for funding for an ambitious expansion project.
As previously reported in the Journal, the school unveiled the plans in January to transform the school with proposals including a new teaching block, sports hall, lifts and an allweather pitch, which could cost up to £14 million.
But the school is now looking at other ways to fund the project after its bid to the Department for Education for £1.4 million to fund the first stage of the fivephase project was unsuccessful.
The school – which secured planning permission in June for the first stage – is hoping to be awarded the cash from the ‘targeted basic needs’ fund which the county council receives from the Government. Cabinet members will decide on whether to award the money at a meeting next Thursday. Headteacher Jonathan Baker said: “Because of the planning applications in the area the local authority is saying the school has got to grow to meet the need. We should know after that meeting whether we’ve got the funding.”
The school has room for 388 pupils, but with 436 on its roll, teachers have been forced to squeeze pupils into smaller classrooms.
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