December 11 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
A FENLAND school hopes to build a new £2.2 million dining room and kitchen by the end of August next year.
Wisbech Grammar School, of North Brink, Wisbech, has asked Fenland District Council for permission to demolish their existing maintenance workshop and in its place build a new canteen.
The refectory, which will be built by Norwich contractor R.G. Carter, will replace the present dining hall, which is to be converted into a state-of-the-art library.
It would accommodate 250 seats and overlook the playing fields.
The school claims it needs to improve its catering facilities to cope with an expanding student intake.
Headmaster Nicholas Hammond said: “This is an exciting development for the school. It is affirming our confidence in the school and enhancing our facilities here.
“It links very nicely with the expansion in terms of our fields.
“We are keen that it has a degree of community usage and we are taking every step available to us to ensure that through the period of construction no inconvenience is caused to the residents and road users in the area.”
The school, for pupils aged five to 18, was founded in 1379, making it one of the oldest in the country.
Its students achieved 100 per cent pass rates in their A-level results this summer.
Almost 90 per cent of the passes are at the top three grades, A*, A and B.
Ten pupils gained A* or A grades in three or more subjects.
The school has undergone sustained development in the past 10 years. In 2003 the Dwight Centre, a performing arts building, was completed.
The most recent development was the Hazel Centre, which opened in 2010.
The school lies partially within the Wisbech conservation area but it is claimed the canteen would preserve its character.
The design and access statement said: “The scheme has been put together to be sympathetic towards this in maintaining the tree line and making it a feature in the design.
“It will not adversely affect the existing views from along the North Brink.”
A neighbours’ consultation began this week and the school will find out whether their application is successful on November 26.