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Work starts on new Isles of Scilly school

Plans for new Five Islands School
The whole community is expected to benefit from the new school

Construction is under way to build a new £15m school on the Isles of Scilly.

About 20,000 tonnes of materials and equipment is being shipped from the British mainland to St Mary's to build the new Five Islands School.

The school, which will be for students aged between three and 16, will have 10 classrooms, laboratories and the island's first sports hall.

Facilities will also be available for community use at evenings and weekends. It is due to open in October 2011.

A workforce of 50 construction personnel will live on the island while work is carried out, head teacher Bryce Wilby said.

He added that many more people than just students would benefit from the school when it was completed.

"The idea is to create a building and a place that is an asset to the whole community," he said.

"We would anticipate it being used from 7am to 10pm, first by the school itself and then by the community for all sorts of activities."

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