Work starts upon centre of learning at Devizes School
11:50am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Latest News
Work has begun on refurbishing a teaching block at Devizes School for it to become an Applied Learning Centre for vocational subjects.
The project, funded by Wiltshire Council, will provide facilities for a range of vocational subjects including business studies, health and social care and ICT and offer opportunities for independent learning both in Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) and at post-16 level.
The centre has been planned for some time and the school said it will address a longstanding inadequacy in provision for access to high-quality vocational courses in the central area of Wiltshire.
The new centre follows on from the opening of the school’s new sixth form centre earlier this year.
The project also includes a drop in centre, which the school has been allocated funding for.
Headteacher Malcolm Irons said: “This is a really exciting project for the students and staff at the school and is the realisation of a long-term plan for the school.
“The hi-tech new facilities will be a fantastic addition to school facilities and enable us to further develop the independent learning opportunities for students at the school and in central Wiltshire.”
The construction contract has been let to Gaiger Brothers in Devizes.
It is expected to be completed next July and the centre should be open from September 2014.