‘Unfit’ school has £2.5m makeover
More than 1,000 pupils at a high-achieving school are now learning in state-of-the-art facilities thanks to a £2.5 million makeover.
Gainsborough Queen Elizabeth’s High School has undergone a stunning transformation – just two years after nearly closing on health and safety grounds.
After eight months of repairs the school also has a new sports hall and an eight -classroom teaching block.
The College House building has also been refurbished.
Head teacher David Allsop, who took over the helm in September 2009, is an old boy of the school and is delighted with the work.
He said: “The fully equipped sports hall, impressive two- storey teaching block and the exquisitely refurbished College House building will provide much better quality learning spaces for students.
“They are now lucky to have the new state-of-the-art facilities. Sixth-form students will transfer to College House when they return after half-term in late October.
“We are all very thankful to the local authority for their vision of future education in Gainsborough and for their belief in Queen Elizabeth’s High School.
“The sports hall and classrooms are a fantastic resource for our students to further their learning.
“And I am particularly pleased that this investment has breathed new life into the beautiful, majestic building that is College House.
‘The refurbished College House building will provide much better quality learning spaces for students’
@ Head teacher David Allsop
“Formerly the Gainsborough Girls’ School, it can now, once again, become a magnificent seat of learning for the students of Gainsborough.”
Lincolnshire County Council launched the restoration project after it discovered the mainly 1940s school buildings on Morton Terrace were deemed unfit for pupils and teachers.
It had leaking roofs, a failing alarm system and cold water feeds – plus 70-year-old boilers which were declared unfit for purpose. It came as QEHS cemented its status as one of the county’s top-performing academic achievers being in the top echelon for both GCSE and A-level results.
The funding for the project came from a £2 million county council investment, plus £500,000 from the government.
The official opening of the new buildings is expected to take place in January.
Councillor Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for children’s services, said: “The College House scheme has increased the capacity of sixth-form provision on the site for young people.
“It will help address significant demand and population growth across the Gainsborough area and provide additional access to post-16 educational provision.
“These improvements have made use of an empty building which was part of the school facilities and has been used in the past for educating children of all ages.
“The ground and first floors have been refurbished to bring sufficient space into use.
“This has formed part of a significant capital scheme which includes the two-storey eight-classroom block, sports hall and stores.”