A BARNSTAPLE secondary school will say goodbye to its "extremely unsuitable and unsatisfactory" temporary huts next summer, after being awarded £1.6 million in funding for new classrooms.
The huts, which have been at Pilton Community College since it opened more than 50 years ago, will go next summer when a new 10-classroom block opens.
Principal Louise Miller-Marshall said: "It will be a good day when we see the back of those things. We are really excited about the new classrooms and extremely pleased for our students."
The funding comes after a successful bid to the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund, which was successful.
Staff at the school have successfully bid for money from the fund before. Last year a grant of £1m paid for a complete re-wire of the school and other maintenance while a £200,000 grant covered the cost of re-roofing part of the school.
As an academy, once staff at the school secured the funding they were free to spend it as they wish, rather than having to defer to Devon County Council.
"Because we're an academy we've been able to manage the situation in a bespoke way," said Miss Miller-Marshall.
"That's part of the reason the school became an academy. We're in charge of our own destiny."
The new split-level maths block will sit between the library and sports hall and has been designed by architects the David Wilson Partnership.
It will sit just above a flood plain, which has restricted building somewhat, and will be an eco-friendly building with carbon efficient new boilers and a sedum roof.
And David Wilson, whose adult children went to the school, said it was nice to be involved in a local project.
"It's great to be able to walk up the road and have close contact and meaningful discussions with a client," he said.
"We even had a Pilton student with us on work experience when the drawings were being done and she was able to lay out one of the breakout areas."