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School gets go-ahead for new £3million classrooms
A HEADTEACHER said a new £3million building that's just been given planning permission will give his students the learning facilities they deserve.
Plans for eight state-of-the-art classrooms, a study centre and facilities for staff at the Misbourne School have been given the green light by Buckinghamshire County Council.
It's the latest stage of ambitious plans to redevelop the Great Missenden school, according to head Robert Preston.
He said: "I want the best facilities I can offer my students and we need to start that process now. We need to look to the future, and the future is around the Misbourne having the best facilities.
"I'm really keen, given the way the school's developing and progressing very quickly, to encourage investment into the school.
"We have fantastic students who will be leaders in years to come and beyond."
The school secured the funding needed for the project from the Department for Education and Mr Preston said its recent Ofsted inspection - which gave the Misbourne a 'good' rating, the second highest possible, just two years after it was in special measures - was key to landing the money.
Building work on the new facility - which will be constructed in the middle of the school as a centrepiece - is likely to start in June and Mr Preston hopes to have the project completed inside 12 months.
And he added: "I've started looking at the next phase - I'm always looking at how we can improve our facilities."
The new building follows hot on the heels of the unveiling of the school's new-look library, built thanks to its PTA raising £10,000 to enable the work to be done.
Mr Preston said the interest shown by students in the new library was 'phenomenal', with 11-year-old pupil Abigail Booth saying: "It’s great having brand new books and the library is a good place to do research and homework. Everyone is very kind and helpful in the library."
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