Sussex

Eastbourne Academy set for £10m face-lift

A multi-million pound redevelopment of an academy in East Sussex is to begin.

About £10m is to be spent on improving buildings and the computer infrastructure at the Eastbourne Academy.

Some buildings will be remodelled and refurbished and some new buildings and extensions will be built.

The building work is mainly being funded by a government grant and will include extra parking spaces and a floodlit pitch.

Keith Pailthorpe, principal of the academy, said: "This multi-million pound project is a sign of the major investment that the government is putting into The Eastbourne Academy and its future.

"Parents and students have already recognised the significant improvements that have taken place in the last few years."

The academy opened in September 2010 after East Sussex County Council voted to close Eastbourne Technology College.

East Sussex County Council jointly sponsors the all-ability academy with Sussex Downs College and receives further support from the University of Brighton.

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