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University Academy Long Sutton rebuild hailed as fantastic news

Plans to rebuild University Academy Long Sutton have been hailed as 'fantastic' news for the town.

The secondary school was this week revealed to have been selected on the Government’s School Rebuilding Programme - the only one in Lincolnshire to win investment in this round.

While further details are not yet known, the news of the project met with delight in Long Sutton.

UALS (58009378)
UALS (58009378)

Long Sutton Parish Council chairman John Clarey said: “It’s fantastic news that they are pumping more money into Long Sutton.

“It’s news we’ve been waiting for for a long time. It’s a growing town and there’s no signs of it stopping growing.

“There are families moving in and we do need the infrastructure - that lets us down all the time.

“Hopefully it’s good news and we will see what happens.

“It’s the first hurdle and that’s fantastic.”

Coun Clarey also said the town often feels it misses out on funding, adding: “We seem to be fairly short changed, on the outskirts of Lincolnshire.

“I am not saying we seem to be forgotten - but we seem to be down the order when it comes to be handing it out.”

County and district councillor Jack Tyrrell also welcomed the news.

He said: “We need investment in all schools - but definitely in Long Sutton. It’s a growing place.”

University Academy Long Sutton
University Academy Long Sutton

Leaders at the school, in Little London, argue the work will ‘transform the learning environment’ and help them to give pupils the skills and knowledge they need.

Current and future parents and pupils will be able to see and contribute to the designs of the new buildings and UALS says it will keep everyone up to date through a special section on its website.

The school, formerly known as the Peele, is part of the University of Lincoln Academy Trust.

It says the project is in its early days - and that further details over the number of places, the cost and the timeframe for delivery are not yet available.

Parents can expect to hear more in the autumn term.

The Priory School, in Spalding, is the only other school in Lincolnshire to be selected for the programme since it began in February 2021.

The Department for Education says schools have been prioritised based on the condition of their buildings.

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