KINGSMEAD School in Wiveliscombe will get new buildings after landing a share of a £6billion Government fund, it was announced today.

Head teacher Mark Griffin says the money – from the Government’s Priority School Building Programme – will ensure a “first class education” for students.

He said: “Kingsmead School is absolutely delighted to have been successful in its bid for new buildings as part of the Priority School Building Programme.

“The current old ones have served their time and have gradually become unfit for purpose. 

“The new build will ensure that a first class education can be provided for generations of students to come.

“We can now look forward to a very bright future for Kingsmead and the local community. It is gratifying that we live in a society which is prepared to invest in the future of education.”

Across the UK, 277 schools are getting money from the Priority School Building Programme – a successor of the abandoned Building School for the Future project.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “It is crucial that we invest properly in education, so that every child has a fair start in life.

"​Thousands of pupils will benefit from better, brighter, warmer classrooms thanks to this ​funding.

"Children can’t learn and teachers can’t teach in schools that are cold and have leaking roofs.

"​To create a stronger economy we have to invest in a fairer society so that our young people can be successful in the future."

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan added: “We’re also making sure, for the first time, that every local area can benefit from more funding certainty, so that local councils, academy trusts and voluntary-aided partnerships can plan ahead and make the right investment decisions that will deliver the best possible value for their schools.”