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Bid to bring Shoscombe Church of England School into 21st century

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

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Planners are being asked to give the go-ahead to plans to update a village school originally built to house a church.

The scheme will see internal alterations plus an extension which help staff and children make better use of the space.

The tiny Shoscombe Church of England School was built in 1886 and now governors want to adapt the site for modern learning.

Bath and North East Somerset Council planners are being asked to agree to the alterations which also see improvements to school security and access for disabled people.

The school office and headteacher's room will brought downstairs and a double entrance lobby created so that visitors will no longer have to walk past classrooms and group rooms to get to the office.

There are also plans to increase the size of a classroom and build an additional classroom with a corridor to link it to the main building.

Head of the four-class school, Jane Gascoigne, said they were exciting plans and it was positive news.

She said: "There are no plans to expand the school roll so this is not about expansion but improving the space we have.

"The space left by the offices will be used for group learning."

To help pay for the improvements the school – which takes children from Shoscombe, Peasedown St John and other nearby villages – will be launching an appeal.

As it is a voluntarily-aided school, governors will need to raise ten per cent of whatever the internal alterations and new building costs.

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