Delight as school gets £9m to help pay for revamp

CASH BOOST Havant Academy principal Julie Taylor and her deputy Geoff Walls

CASH BOOST Havant Academy principal Julie Taylor and her deputy Geoff Walls

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STAFF and pupils at a Havant school are overjoyed after securing £9m worth of funding to transform it.

Havant Academy was given the cash by Hampshire County Council from Building Schools for the Future funding.

It is one of the only schools in the area to be given the cash after most of the programme was dropped by the coalition government last May.

It comes as The News revealed last week that two thirds of worn out buildings at Park Community School, also in Leigh Park, will be rebuilt with a £10m grant.

The Academy will get a new library, state of the art IT suite, a new courtyard and large new teaching spaces.

Headteacher Julie Taylor said: ‘It’s going to be fantastic and the pupils deserve it. I’ve just been in a meeting with the architects and it’s all so exciting. There is going to be a whole reconfiguration of the way learning is delivered.’

If planning permission is agreed by Hampshire County Council work should begin in July and be completed by September 2012.

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