The Government has announced that the school and academy projects placed under review when BSF was cancelled will now go ahead.
The announcement affects 33 “sample” schools and 44 academies nationally, with five of those in West London. These projects will now go ahead with Government funding as planned before the review, but around 50 schemes which had been planned will still not go ahead. See a full list of the stopped schemes.
The schools formerly under review, which wil now be funded are:
The Crest Boys Academy – Academy
The Crest Girls Academy – Academy
West London Academy – Academy
Cardinal Wiseman Roman Catholic School – Sample
Dormers Wells High School- Sample
Brent Council welcomed the announcement, focussing on the £41.6 million rebuilding of the two Crest academy schools in Dollis Hill. Leader of Brent Council, Councillor Ann John, said: “I am delighted that, after careful consideration, the Government has provided the money to rebuild the two Crest academies. Brent Council wants to provide modern schools for our pupils and find the extra school places we badly need. This project was a crucial one and this decision is great news for children and families in Brent.”
The existing school buildings – the former John Kelly boys and girls colleges – are in very poor condition. Over five years, an extra 300 pupils will be taught in the new buildings
Ealing Council also welcomed the news. Ealing’s BSF had been a £300m project covering 17 schools, and dealing with a projected shortfall of more than 3200 school places.
Councillor Patricia Walker, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “I am delighted for the children, parents and staff of Dormers Wells High School and The Cardinal Wiseman School.”
“The cancellation of our remaining BSF schemes means that we will still have a projected shortfall of around 2800 spaces and if we dont receive the funding we need to deal with this problem soon, we will run out of high school places by September 2014.”
Ealing also found out last week that approval has been given for a £6.3 million scheme to refurbish and expand the West London Academy in Northolt.