A school in Reading has been awarded £100,000 to a fund a major refurbishment.

Historic physics laboratories at Reading School, in Erleigh Rd, will benefit from an overhaul.

Head of physics Paul Stromdale said the impact on students will be enormous.

“We believe the potential of this project to improve scientific learning and life chances are enormous, not only for our students but also students from our partner primary schools, Reading Partnership trainee teachers and Inspire Lecture audiences, all of whom will also benefit substantially,” he said.

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Primary schools which are part of the social mobility programme Future Stories will benefit from the grant because it allows Reading School to “invest in widening access and opportunity for students who face disadvantage,” according to the selective academy.

The funding was awarded by education charity The Wolfson Foundation, established in 1955 to invest in science, health, heritage, humanities, and arts projects.

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Headmaster Ashley Robson said: “We are delighted to have received confirmation of funding for the much-needed refurbishment of our physics labs, in order to continue to meet our aims of continuing to be a flourishing institution which provides opportunities for all.

“It has been a team effort in order to secure the funding and we are thankful to the Wolfson Foundation for recognizing the excellence within our school.”

Reading School is a state funded selective day and boarding academy for boys aged 11-18 which has been educating young people since 1125.