Wymondham College gets the go-ahead for new £2m teaching block after successful government bid

Wymondham College

Wymondham College - Credit: Archant

A Wymondham school has been granted £2m for a new classroom block to replace a second world war building.

A picture of Wymondham College taken in 1991.

A picture of Wymondham College taken in 1991. - Credit: Archant

The Department for Education (DfE) has approved Wymondham College's bid for a new teaching block, which will provide updated facilities for the school's maths department.

The school, which was the most oversubscribed in Norfolk in 2016, said the project is worth more than £2m and is due to open in September 2019.

Newly-appointed head of school Dan Browning said: 'This is fantastic news for our students. Maths here is really strong and popular, delivering outstanding results at GCSE and A-level year on year.

'This will help ensure that maths at Wymondham College continues to be cutting edge. Our maths team continues to support local primary and high schools to promote high quality maths teaching across the county.'

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The building that will be replaced dates back to the second world war, and the school's history as the USAAF 231st station hospital.

When the school first opened in 1951, the hospital's 51 Nissen huts were used as classrooms and dormitories.

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Brick-built accommodation began to appear in the coming years, but Nissen huts were still used as classrooms for several decades.

Jonathan Taylor, chief executive of the Sapientia Education Trust (SET), of which Wymondham College is the founding school, said: 'We are delighted that the DfE has supported our bid.

'This combined with our recently approved primary free school brings substantial investment to the Wymondham area to benefit future generations of students.'

In April this year, SET was granted permission to open the Sapientia Primary Prep School as part of a wave of 111 free schools around the country.

The school, for five to 11-year-olds, will create 450 places, 30 of which will be boarding spots, making it the first state-funded primary boarding school in the east of England.

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