Harrogate Grammar School have been successful in a £1 million bid to the Education Funding Agency to replace a crumbling Science block.
The building was constructed in the 1950’s to a much lower standard than the original 1930’s school and has reached the end of its useful life.
Headteacher, Richard Sheriff, explained just how important this grant was to the school:
We have been trying for quite some time to get the funding to demolish the block and completely replace it with up to date accommodation. Staff and students who use the rooms in this block will know the problems we have had with heating, water leaks, failing windows etc. and none of us will be sad to see it go.
The grant of just over £1 million will allow us to demolish the existing building and replace it with four new laboratories and a prep room. In addition there will be a new link corridor on the ground floor level to reduce congestion at the busiest area in the school building.
Science is a key area of the curriculum and we want this project to further our students interest and enthusiasm for science learning as well as getting closer to that ‘world class’ provision we aim for.
With more and more of our students choosing to study science right through to A Level we want to provide the high quality facilities that will support their success.
The school are also working on gaining sponsorship, including financial support, to refurbish the oldest remaining labs so they can give the school’s students a consistently high quality environment in which to learn. If you, or your company, are interested in supporting the school in this project please get in touch with the school Finance Director, Steve Howell, he will be delighted to hear from you.