Major investment in St Vincent College

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THE principal of St Vincent College in Gosport is celebrating a £1.2m grant to spruce up her site.

Di Lloyd won the maximum possible amount from the government’s £57m Building Condition Improvement Fund which will be spent on general maintenance as well as colourful cladding for the main 1960s block.

Ms Lloyd, who is nearing her 23rd year at the college, said: ‘This site hasn’t had investment on this scale in all the time I’ve been here.

‘In particular I’m looking forward to cladding our tired-looking 1960s block to bring it into the 21st century.

‘We haven’t chosen a design yet but our curriculum manager for visual arts is keen to be involved.’

Ms Lloyd has her work cut out for her, as the money has to be spent by March next year. She said: ‘It’s going to be busy but we’re thrilled. Gosport deserves this investment.’

The funding comes as a piece of good news after colleges across the nation have been hit with severe funding cuts.

Ms Lloyd’s budget has been cut by about one per cent per student, which she says the college has managed by adjusting staff hours and courses to meet the demands of students.