New science development on way for Holgate

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Bunson burners, periodic tables and petri dishes will be housed in a new home when plans to build a new science block at a Hucknall school become a reality.

Nottinghamshire County Council submitted plans to Ashfield District Council to build the new improved facility at The Holgate Academy at the end of last year.

Plans were given the green light for the three single storey science laboratories, which will be linked with a central prep room, and now the school is looking forward to the work commencing in May.

“This opportunity will give students across Hucknall and the surrounding areas better educational facilities in which they can study science in the 21st century,” said Holgate principal, Caroline Saxelby.

“The new science block will be built at the Hillcrest site of the school and will be open and ready for students to use in September 2014.”

Construction of the new development will start in May and be completed by August in time for the new academy year in September.

“This development comes on top of record breaking results this year and the Academy becoming one of the most improved schools in Nottinghamshire,” added Mrs Saxelby who took the helm at the school in January.

“This is very exciting for everyone involved with The Holgate Academy and we hope will mark the first step in a programme of construction over the next few years.

“It will also enable our music and photography areas to be refurbished giving Holgate the chance to offer all students more up-to-date facilities to study in.”

An official opening of the new science block is being planned for late September of this year.

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