Camborne Science and International Academy embarked on a new £1million building project over the Summer having secured funding to redevelop the sports facilities and modernise the existing school buildings.

The £1million funding comprised of £120,000 from Sport England and £880,000 from the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund (ACMF) and meets CSIA’s need to cater for their growing demand.

“We are delighted that our applications were successful, it meant that we were able to make big changes which are hugely beneficial to our students, staff and the community” said Vice Principal at CSIA, Andrew Dodd. “To have secured the funding from Sport England, which with matched funding from the school, allowed us and the local clubs and area to make full use of the investment into our sporting facilities.”

The Sport England fund developed new facilities complete with modernised and larger changing rooms, showers and individual cubicles. “This investment reflects the high calibre of sport we deliver here at CSIA as well as the fantastic offering of our sports community partners” said Emmie Seward, Assistant Principal for Sport and Community. “Our new building will be a hub for local sports excellence offering outstanding opportunities for young people to play sport and develop their skills beyond school.”

“People have a better experience of sport when they have good facilities in which to play so our investment ensures our students and the surrounding community have access to that” said Andrew. “The new building is an asset to CSIA and the local area.” The construction work - led by Project Managers Kendall Kingscott - took place over the summer break ready for the students to enjoy on their return.

CSIA is among 324 sports projects to secure a share of £17million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund, part of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme.

The ACMF investment also won by the Academy, has seen other school buildings transformed, including renovation of flat-roof structures on-site and the replacement of new ceilings and lighting in the main hall and Planets Arena. “These developments further enhance our offering here at CSIA and is part of a bigger plan to refurbish the entire school” said Andrew. “As an Academy, we can bid directly to central Government and look towards much larger projects - this investment is the second big success in two years (having already won £380,000 last year for new, state-of-the-art ICT suites) in securing additional funding for improving buildings since we became an Academy in April 2011. We pull out all the stops to provide the best possible offering for our students.”

Students and staff are looking forward to seeing the developments and modernisation of their school. “Improving the teaching and learning environment at CSIA is immensely valuable and important” added Emmie. “We can’t wait to see the finished results!”

Principal at CSIA, Ian Kenworthy, said he was delighted with the investment, adding, “This ensures that we continue to give our students, staff and the local community the facilities that underpin and match the outstanding teaching and learning that goes on at our Academy. It’s a very exciting time.”