Council leader welcomes Government cash to transform teaching blocks at Sir John Nelthorpe

Schools, Libraries and Learning
16:08, Friday, 16th December 2022

The leader of North Lincolnshire Council has welcomed the announcement of Government cash to build two new teaching centres at Sir John Nelthorpe School.

The Brigg secondary and sixth form has been confirmed as one of the latest 239 schools in the fourth round of the Government’s School Rebuilding Programme – with £1.8bn being spent this year on developing new teaching spaces.

The cash, from the Department of Education, will be used to rebuild a technology centre and an arts block – revolutionising teaching in engineering disciplines such as electronics, design technology and resistant materials as well as art, food technology and textiles.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “This is part of a commitment to ensure every child has access to a great school and a world-class education.

“Work to rebuild parts of the school will start very quickly, creating jobs, apprenticeships, and training opportunities and is backed by £1.8bn this financial year.

“The quality of facilities in schools has a significant impact on a student’s learning and we have been working closely with Government and our MP Andrew Percy to secure investment in schools to offer children the best opportunity to succeed.

“This investment will improve the experience of students – helping them to learn, develop, and achieve their full potential here in North Lincolnshire where nine out of 10 schools are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.”

Rob Biglands, headteacher at Sir John Nelthorpe, said: “This is fantastic news and a most welcome investment in the teaching space at our school.

“It is, though, much more than simply bricks and mortar – it will enhance the education experience of our students and therefore assist them to greater achievement throughout their lives.”

It comes after Government funding has been secured separately for two major projects already being developed in Scunthorpe.

Almost £6m is being invested in a new multi-purpose complex care campus in Scunthorpe, helping support families and young people with complex disabilities to access opportunities and get short-breaks.

The environmentally friendly facilities will enable more children to benefit from short breaks, bringing important support to local families.

Also, Trent View College, is being built on land off West Common Lane to provide up to 60 places for pupils aged between 16 and 24 with special educational needs and disabilities.

It is a world first in that it will be the first passive house – an internally recognised standard of environmentally friendly building – with a hydrotherapy pool.

All the new buildings are to be energy efficient for future winter resilience, helping schools keep bills down and meet net-zero commitments, part of the council’s A Green Future policy.