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South-west school saves millions converting office building into classrooms

10/12/2009 Joanna
An office building in Bristol in the south-west of England has been converted into a series of classrooms, saving millions for the school concerned.

Bristol Cathedral choir school recently became an academy and needed more space to accommodate an additional 300 pupils, but having a new building built in the school's already cramped site was not an option, reports the Guardian.

Instead, the school chose to spend £1.3 million converting an existing office block and the building now houses classrooms used for maths, foreign language and computing lessons.

Neil Blundell, principal of the school, told the paper: "For this school, it was the right thing to do. I'm delighted with it. I don't think we could have got a better solution."

The classrooms can overheat when completely packed with pupils, but a completely new building would have cost in the region of £25 million.

In other regional news, Newport Community School in Devon has won recognition from the Italian government for its languages and foreign cultures teaching, report the North Devon Gazette.

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