Colne Community School shows off expansion plan

Refurbishment – Nardeep Sharma at his school’s sixth form block

Refurbishment – Nardeep Sharma at his school’s sixth form block

First published in News

THE Colne Community School, in Brightlingsea, has unveiled plans for a new classroom block and a nursery.

The school needs to replace outdated buildings and is expecting a surge in numbers after receiving an “outstanding” Ofsted rating.

The classrooms will be in a two-storey building, which will include a kitchen and a nursery, replacing temporary classrooms.

Essex County Standard:

Nardeep Sharma, principal, said: “It was unfortunate the Government abandoned the Building Schools for the Future Programme when it came into office.

“As we were not scheduled to be rebuilt, we have had to work hard to maintain our building stock.

“We have some buildings not fit for purpose, which we hope we can secure funding for to rebuild, and a speculative application is with the Government.”

The Colne, in Church Road, became the only non-selective secondary school in Colchester and Tendring to attain Ofsted’s top rating after an inspection in March last year.

Mr Sharma, who last October was appointed to help Philip Morant School, in Colchester, for two days a week, said: “As an outstanding school, we have had much interest in applications for places in the school and sixth form. We would not wish to disappoint parents, carers or students by having inappropriate accommodation.”

The school has not yet secured Government funding for the project, but a successful planning application is one of the steps needed to secure cash.

If the scheme gets the goahead, it would take an estimated ten months to build. The school, which has 1,388 pupils, is also refurbishing its sixth form block at a cost of £80,000.

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10:40am Wed 22 Jan 14

Jack222 says...

Parents need to remember that all academic studies show that they key to how well a child does at school is home background. SChools are a long way back in influence...
Parents need to remember that all academic studies show that they key to how well a child does at school is home background. SChools are a long way back in influence... Jack222
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11:06am Wed 22 Jan 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Jack222 wrote:
Parents need to remember that all academic studies show that they key to how well a child does at school is home background. SChools are a long way back in influence...
Totally agree.

There are far too many parents willing to blame teaching staff for their childs behaviour or lack of progression, but who fail to look closer to home for the answer to their problems!
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Parents need to remember that all academic studies show that they key to how well a child does at school is home background. SChools are a long way back in influence...[/p][/quote]Totally agree. There are far too many parents willing to blame teaching staff for their childs behaviour or lack of progression, but who fail to look closer to home for the answer to their problems! Ritchie_Hicks
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