A KINGSWINFORD school's vintage dining room is to be completely rebuilt thanks to a £1.5 million grant.

The Department for Education grant is the latest awarded to The Kingswinford School Academy by the Government’s Academy programme.

As a result - students will see the old dining hall, which was built in 1939, demolished and rebuilt as a state-of-the-art dining and kitchen facility.

Headteacher Bronwyn Hedley said the staff and governors were "absolutely delighted" to receive the cash and were raring to get the latest project under way.

She added: "We cannot wait to see work start."

Planning is already in full swing for the dining hall rebuild and the project should be completed by March 2016.

The grant, which will also cover the cost of replacing windows across the school site, is the latest in a series of awards given made to the Water Street academy over the last three years - which have added up to over £2.6million.

Previous funding has been spent on new heating, heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

Three new English classrooms have also been built and others refurbished to give the school a new high-tech science laboratory, new drama and music studio, and revamped food technology, textiles and art rooms.

Mrs Hedley added: "We have certainly given the school a new lease of life.

"We are absolutely over the moon to get this fifth successful grant."