The government launched the Priority School Building programme in 2011 and Phase 1 involved those schools in greatest need of improvement, which in almost all cases involved complete rebuilds. Phase 2 of the programme focuses on those schools who require extensive repair and refurbishment to remain open and operational. In total there is £2 billion allocated and 277 schools selected nationwide. Exactly what the programme of work will look like for Sidmouth College is, as yet, unknown but we are hoping that the exterior and interior of the building will undergo a complete refurbishment with the interior being completely stripped out.
Commenting on the news, College Principal, Mr Duncan, said, "I am ecstatic about the news! Since joining in 2012 I have focused on creating a school that Sidmouth could be proud of - improving the status, reputation and standing of the College in the local community has been a priority since day one. This always focuses around our young people, I am passionate about enabling every child attending the College to get the best possible examination results and have the best possible learning experiences along the way. We now have rapidly improving teaching and learning, fantastic staff and amazing students – all that was left was the building, and now we are going to get that too. A great present for the College’s 50th Anniversary year!"