A school in Essex has received £1m in government funding to improve its facilities as part of a development project that will see a state-of-the-art canteen installed.
The Appleton School in Benfleet has now submitted a planning proposal to Castle Point Council and is hoping that the rebuild could be ready as soon as March next year if the application gets the green light.
The funding it has secured will be used to construct a new, glass-fronted canteen capable of serving more than 500 pupils a day.
The catering facility will be 40% larger than what it already has in place, according to The Echo newspaper.
Pupils will be served meals cooked by a production kitchen facility using the latest equipment to ensure it delivers a healthy eating menu.
“The old facility was adequate, but because it was built in the Sixties it is very much in need of refurbishment,” headteacher Karen Kerridge told the paper. “We cannot wait until this all gets under way.”