MP Tours New Building

We invited Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow to see the progress of our £10m new school building project, on 12th January. She also talked to students about their aspirations, the range of courses on offer at Kingsmead, the ongoing impact of Covid and aspects of the role of an MP.

Mrs Pow toured the new section of the school building, which was completed over the Christmas holiday period, removing the temporary units and finishing the work ready to be handed over at the start of term. There is still some landscaping to be done when the weather improves over the spring and summer but the school site is now in use, with students being able to make use of the re-instated sports areas.

The buildings include a new teaching and administration building, which replaces the existing main block. The works are part of a national project to rebuild or refurbish school buildings, this resulted in Kingsmead’s central hall, built in 1953, being earmarked for demolition. The old buildings were also replaced with a grassy play area, new fences, gates and barriers.

Head Teacher John Eddy said: “We were pleased to welcome Rebecca Pow, she was keen to see how the new building is operating as well as spending time meeting our Year 11 senior students to discuss their experiences and what their plans are for the next steps of their education.

“We would like to take the opportunity to once again thank the local community, as well as our students and parents, for their patience and understanding over the last few years and we look forward to seeing our students make the most of this wonderful new facility for many years to come.”

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