School is to get a £7.4m replacement

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Plans have been drawn up to replace worn-out buildings at Aldercar Community Language College as the county council agrees funding of £7.4million.

Work at the college is expected to start towards the end of the summer term and will see the current timber-framed block at the school in Daltons Close, Langley Mill, will be knocked down to make way for a state-of-the-art building.

The first phase of the project will see the replacement of most of the main block with a three-storey building.

It will include specialist rooms for food technology, design and graphics, two art rooms, two science laboratories and three science classrooms, three fully equipped ICT suites and a media room.

Headteacher Anthony Cooper said: “We are absolutely delighted with the prospect of moving into a state-of-the-art build. It is something I have campaigned for over the last 20 years and would like to thank Derbyshire County Council for making this a reality. I feel sure that the students and our community will reap the benefits of such first class facilities and this will raise their aspirations still further by working within a building they can be really proud of.”

It will also boast a multi-purpose hall with retractable seating as well as lighting and sound equipment so that it can be used for performances.

There will also be a separate dining room and kitchen, offices, work preparation areas and staff and student toilets.

The work to demolish and replace the building will take place with the minimum disruption to pupils’ learning. It is hoped the new block will be completed by autumn 2015.