Work starts on village college’s £1m renovation

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The first stage of a £1million refurbishment at a school in Stoke by Clare – which traces it origins back nearly 600 years – has begun.

Builders have replaced students at Stoke College for the start of the summer holidays as they start work on ambitious plans to expand the school.

Work is currently taking place to create new science facilities and a learning development unit at the school, which has buildings dating back to 1415 when a Benedictine priory was established on the site.

In all, nine new classrooms and laboratories will be built, with a number completed in time for September.

Jonathan Burchell, chairman of the college’s board of governors, said: “We are updating the facilities to support our broad curriculum and enable expansion in response to increasing demand for both day and boarding school places.

“We are excited by the opportunities that this refurbishment project will bring for current and future students.”

The project will also help the school revamp some of its older buildings.

“It is, of course, a sizeable investment and we have raised the funds needed for this first stage of refurbishment through the sale of a small piece of land,” said Mr Burchell. “We have great ambitions for the school.”