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Chislehurst school to get boost in facilities

PUBLISHED: 16:42 13 October 2010 | UPDATED: 16:59 13 October 2010

Left to right Teniade Obasogie, Daniella Watson, Eliza Smith-Sheppard, Iona McCusker, Sarah Bakare, Connie Shaw, all year 9

Left to right Teniade Obasogie, Daniella Watson, Eliza Smith-Sheppard, Iona McCusker, Sarah Bakare, Connie Shaw, all year 9

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A girls school is set to benefit from £1.7million investment to modernise its facilities.

Bullers Wood School in St Nicolas Lane, Logs Hill, Chislehurst, will use the money to expand and redevelop its current buildings.

Planning permission has already been agreed to allow for out-of-date temporary buildings that are no longer fit for purpose to be replaced. Work will begin in the spring of 2011 and should be completed nine months after that.

The work will improve facilities for sixth-form students, focusing on the language departments.

A spokesperson for Bullers Wood said: “The school is extremely excited by the prospect of the redevelopment and modernisation of our facilities for the appropriate delivery of languages.” The first Bullers Wood House was built in the middle of the 19th century. It is one of the most picturesque and historical schools in the borough.

Its library ceiling was painted by famous artist William Morris who was associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the English Arts and Crafts movement.

Over the years there have been various additions made to its architecture and the new developments will be sensitive to the history of the school.

By the late 1950s, the school needed to expand to cope with 11-18 year olds instead of the previous 14-17 age group and so extensions were built in stages between 1957 and 1959.

The gymnasium was built onto the caretaker’s cottage and the old dormitory block of the Royal School of Church Music.

The school changed its name again to that of Bromley Technical High School for Girls and eventually, with a roll of well over 750, compared with 130 when it started as the Central School in Bromley in 1940, it became known as Bullers Wood School in 1968.

Bromley council’s member for children and young people, Ernest Noad said: “In the current economic climate, we have to make difficult decisions about which projects to support. The work at Bullers Wood is badly needed to improve facilities for post-16 students in particular. We look forward to the new buildings being open so that students can make full use of them.”

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