Plans unveiled to expand facilities at King Alfred School Academy in Highbridge

The King Alfred School Academy in Highbridge looks set to expand its facilities with the addition of a new sixth form extension.

Plans for a one-storey extension to the school’s sixth block were backed by city councilors at their last meeting this month.

Head teacher Dan Milford told Burnham-On-Sea.com the extra facilities are needed due to the popularity of his sixth form.

“Due to the growing number of students, both from King Alfred School Academy and schools in Weston and Bridgwater, who have joined our Sixth Form over the past three years, the extension to Sixth Form Block in preparation for this month of September, will improve the facilities even more,” he says.

“The extra space will allow us to create additional study spaces for students, quiet study areas or areas, a renovated common room and newly designed cafe-style facilities.”

Dan Milford, Principal of the King Alfred School Academy

“This is in addition to the large grade 12 and 13 college-style independent study space we already have in the center.”

He adds: “This extension will allow us to further develop the ability of sixth graders to learn independently and have the best possible experience after 16 years at TKASA.”

“Next September promises to provide over 175 students with a superb post-16 offer at TKASA with wonderful facilities, allowing us to continue to deliver outstanding A-Level results, ensuring that all of our Year 13 students will go to the better universities, apprenticeships and career paths when they leave us.

“If any grade 11 students from the area would like to come and visit our center over the next few months to see how we are developing the facility further, please contact the school to request a visit.”

Councilors for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge unanimously backed the bid at their last meeting this month.

Cllr Nick Tolley said at the Planning Apps Committee meeting: ‘I support this app – it’s great to see the sixth form growing. It has a very good reputation in the city, encouraging students to continue their studies.

Cllr Sue Harvey added: “I support this, it will give Sixth Form more space and it’s good to see the access to the level.”

Cllr Lousie Parkin added: “I support that too – I’m particularly happy to see inclusive access, which is so important.”

Committee chairman Cllr Andy Brewer welcomed the proposed development and councilors voted to support the plans due to the provision of additional educational facilities and inclusive access. The final decision rests with Sedgemoor District Council.

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