Local secondary and sixth form college Bay House is one of the first fifty schools in England to benefit from funding to help them refurbished the school.
Students will benefit from improvements as part of the £1 billion School Rebuilding Programme, which is due to deliver around 500 projects in the next decade.
Back in 2013, Gosport MP, Caroline Dinenage, worked with Bay House, parents and local residents to overturn the Education Funding Agency’s decision to not provide funding for a new Sports Hall. Following their work, the 1960s facility was replaced with a £2.5 million grant from the Government that built the Hall that Bay House students enjoy today.
“I am really pleased to see that local school children are set to benefit from refurbishment projects to help improve their environment and education.
“I look forward to seeing the real benefits that this will bring to pupils and staff at Bay House.”
Generally, these refurbishments will help create modern learning environment by delivering new classrooms and science labs to sports hall and dining halls, with the majority of these projects are expected to be completed within three to five years.
Construction is expected to begin from the Autumn, creating vital jobs and apprenticeships in the construction industry and suppliers offering training opportunities as part of their work on the rebuilds.
In addition, 21 new free schools are to be built across England.
Commenting, Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson said:
“Today we are launching the first phase of our ambitious new schools programme, with 50 rebuilds and 21 new free schools.
“The rebuilding projects are just the start of our major ten-year programme, transforming hundreds of schools and improving the education of tens of thousands of children. Alongside this, over 15,500 children will now benefit from 21 new free schools across the country as we look to build back better after the pandemic.
“I am determined to get all children back into education as soon as possible, and will make sure we do not let the pandemic stand in the way of giving every young person the opportunity to succeed, progress and fulfil their potential.”