Taunton Academy to get funding for new school buildings

Taunton Academy is to receive funding for new school buildings.

The school opened in September as a merger between Ladymead and St Augustine of Canterbury schools, and currently operates out of both sites.

Principal Mark Trusson said the new buildings, which will be based at the Ladymead site, would be of the "very highest standard".

The amount of funding has not yet been confirmed but Mr Trusson said he believed it was "generous".

The new buildings are due to be completed by the end of 2013.

Mr Trusson said: "We believe the likely final allocation will be both generous and sufficient to rebuild and remodel the site to the very highest standard."

Plans for the new school were put on hold when the coalition government suspended 730 new building projects across the UK in July after scrapping Labour's Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

The move also meant plans to rebuild Haygrove, East Bridgwater and Penrose schools in Bridgwater were shelved.

But rebuilds for Chilton Trinity, Elmwood and Robert Blake schools, also in Bridgwater, were saved.

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