Education Secretary Michael Gove has announced that the £2bn Priority Schools Building Programme will help a number of West London schools rebuild or have significant improvements.
Nationally, 261 schools will benefit from the programme, with 42 in need of immediate attention receiving capital grants, and the rest being deliver by a PFI model which the Education Department are working on with the Treasury.
Gove said: “Last year I invited bids to a new programme from schools in need of urgent repair. 587 schools applied for the programme on the basis of their condition need. Today I can confirm that 261 schools will be rebuilt, or have their condition needs met through the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP).”
“The condition need of some schools is so severe that urgent action is necessary. I have decided to make a limited amount of capital grant available to address the needs of the highest priority schools in the programme. 42 schools – those in the very worst condition and all special schools included within the programme – will be taken forward straight away using capital grant.”
On school design, Michael Gove said: “We are determined to reduce the wasteful processes of the past. That is why we have developed new baseline designs which will speed up the process and increase efficiencies.”
“I have previously expressed my strong support for the Government’s agenda on reforming the PFI model and we are working closely with the Treasury to ensure the PSBP is aligned with this model in providing cost effective and more transparent delivery of services.”
Councillor Mary Arnold, Lead Member for Children and Families at Brent Council, said: “It’s wonderful news that we have secured long overdue investment for (Copland and Alperton) schools. We are going to be able to provide high quality, fit-for-purpose educational facilities as well as extra school places.”
A full list of the schools who will benefit (with those receiving an immediate capital grant marked *)
- Brent – Alperton Community School, Copland Community School
- Ealing – Mayfield Primary School
- Harrow – Aylward Primary School, Cedars Manor School, Marlborough Primary School, Priestmead Primary School and Nursery Salvatorian College, Vaughan Primary School, Weald Infant School, Weald Junior School
- Hillingdon – Abbotsfield School, Northwood School, Swakeleys School
- Hounslow – Hounslow Manor School
- Wandsworth – Chestnut Grove School