Copland gets green light

The government has brought forward its scheme for a new school building for Copland Community School.

The Education Funding Agency will be starting work on plans for a new building this September. If everything goes to plan there will be a new school for September 2016 under the ‘Priority Schools Building Programme’. This is a year earlier than originally planned, and follows lobbying by Brent Council.

Councillor Michael Pavey, Lead Member for Children and Families said: “Brent Council is determined to turn around Copland School and to support this we have installed a new board to lead the school.”

Grahame Price, Chair of the Interim Executive Board which governs Copland Community School said: “When we took over in June this year, it was one of our top priorities to get reassurance from the EFA that pupils, parents and staff would get the building they deserved in the shortest possible timescale. This is very good news.”

The proposed work for Copland will be begin with the EFA during September, including working out the full capital cost. The EFA will fund the scheme through capital spending, not private finance initiative.

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