Pupils to get new classrooms thanks to county council cash
SCHOOL CELEBRATES: Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People Councillor Kevin Gillott, far left, celebrates the authority's £7.4million investment at Aldercar Community Language College with pupils and headteacher Anthony Cooper.
Plans have been drawn up to replace worn-out buildings at a Derbyshire school as we've agreed funding of £7.4m.
Work at Aldercar Community Language College is expected to start towards the end of the summer term.
The current timber-framed block at the school in Dalton Close, Langley Mill, will be knocked down to make way for a state-of-the-art building.
The first phase of the project will see the replacement of most of the main block with a three-storey building.
It will include specialist rooms for food technology, design and graphics, two art rooms, two science laboratories and three science classrooms, three fully equipped ICT suites and a media room.
It will also boast a multi-purpose hall with retractable seating as well as lighting and sound equipment so that it can be used for performances.
There will also be a separate dining room and kitchen, offices, work preparation areas and staff and student toilets.
Although access to the site is challenging, the work to demolish and replace the building will take place with the minimum disruption to pupils' learning.
It is hoped the new block will be completed by autumn 2015.
Councillor Kevin Gillott, Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said;
"We are facing huge budget cuts and we've been forced to make some very difficult decisions about how we spend our money.
"However we're committed to ensuring Derbyshire children get the best possible education to enable them to achieve their full potential.
"We recognise the need to provide the right surroundings to enable our young people to thrive. Replacing the building at Aldercar is a high priority for us and I am delighted we have been able to allocate money for these much-needed improvements.
"This investment comes on top of the £8million scheme to build the Florence Shipley Community Care Centre in Heanor and is another sign of the county council's commitment to the communities of Aldercar, Langley Mill and Heanor, despite the challenges we're facing due to cuts to our funding by the Coalition Government."
The school has already benefitted from a new sixth form which was built in 2007/8 at a cost of £4.2m and sports hall which cost £2.19m in 2011 which will remain when the project is complete.
"Headteacher Anthony Cooper added:
"We are absolutely delighted with the prospect of moving into a state-of-the-art build. It is something I have campaigned for over the last 20 years and would like to thank Derbyshire County Council for making this a reality
"I feel sure that the students and our community will reap the benefits of such first class facilities and this will raise their aspirations still further by working within a building they can be really proud of."