School programme decimated

The announcement of the cancellation of the Buiding Schools for the Future programme has hit West London hard.

Michael Gove, the Eduation Secretary, announced that all school rebuild projects in the former Government’s programme to renew all of the UKs Secondary Schools which had not reached financial close would be cancelled, even if, as in Ealing, a private sector partner had been chosen, meaning months of procurement and bidding effort is to be wasted.

The announcement does not affect those schools, like Wembley Academy, that are on site or that have lined up their funding with private sector partners. But it stops the rebuild of around 50 schools in the sub-region, which would have had an estimated £500m spent on them. It is also reported to ring the cancellation of LB Ealing’s plans to build a brand new school on the former GlaxoSmithKline sports ground in Greenford, throwing the future of that site into confusion.

Only Harrow, which had just one school in the programme which has already progressed, is unaffected, although it is understood they were hoping to get more schools into the programme, which will now not happen.

No annnouncement was made in regard of the Primary School programme, but it is expected to be cut in the Autumn Spending Review.

A full listing of the school projects affected, and not affected, by this announcement:

Ark Academy – Unaffected
Crest Boys Academy Academy – for discussion
Crest Girls Academy Academy – for discussion
Copland – Stopped
Queens Park Community School – Stopped
Queensbury – Stopped
Alperton Community School – Stopped
Cardinal Hinsley Mathematics and Computing College – Stopped

West London Academy – for discussion
Acton High Secondary School – Stopped
Belvue Special School – Stopped
Brentside Secondary School – Stopped
Drayton Manor Secondary School – Stopped
Elthorne Park Secondary School – Stopped
Featherstone Secondary School – Stopped
Greenford Secondary School – Stopped
John Chilton Special School – Stopped
New Secondary School – Stopped
Northolt Secondary School – Stopped
Pupil Referral Unit – Ealing – Stopped
Spinghallow Special School – Stopped
St Anns Special School – Stopped
The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls – Stopped
Twyford CE Secondary School – Stopped
Villiers Secondary School – Stopped
Cardinal Wiseman Secondary School  for discussion
Dormers Wells Secondary School  for discussion

Hammersmith and Fulham
Bridge Academy (PRU) – Stopped
Cambridge School – Stopped
Fulham Cross – Stopped
Henry Compton – Stopped
Hurlingham & Chelsea – Stopped
Jack Tizard (SEN) – Stopped
Lady Margaret – Stopped
London Oratory – Stopped
Phoenix High – Stopped
Queensmill – Stopped
Sacred Heart, Hammersmith and Fulham Stopped
William Morris Academy – Stopped
Wood Lane – Stopped

Whitmore High School – Unaffected

Abbotsfield – Stopped
Barnhill Community High – Stopped
Bishopshalt – Stopped
Chantry – Stopped
Harlington Community – Stopped
Hillingdon Tuition Centre – Stopped
Meadow – Stopped
Mellow Lane – Stopped
Moorcroft Special – Stopped
Swakeleys – Stopped
The Hayes Manor (Rosedale) – Stopped
Uxbridge High – Stopped

Chiswick Community School – Stopped
Feltham Community School – Stopped
Hounslow Manor School – Stopped
Longford Community School – Stopped
Oaklands School (Special) – Stopped

For a full national listing of school projects affected visit the BBC.

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