School misses out on money for rebuilding
COUNCILLORS have criticised a Government decision not to award funding for the long-awaited refurbishment of Patchway Community College.
The school was overlooked when it was decided which schools would benefit from a £2 billion rebuilding pot aimed at schools in need of urgent repair. Three Bristol schools were awarded cash but no South Gloucestershire schools were successful in applying for funding.
Schools that did not receive cash under the Priority Schools Building Programme will not be repaired until at least 2015.
Patchway town councillor Sam Scott, who is a governor at Patchway Community College, said: "Much of Patchway Community College has fallen into a poor state.
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"Despite the physical conditions the staff and students are doing a great job. The community was banking on success from this programme to get new buildings, and with the council so strapped for cash the situation really does not look good.
"I shall continue to press the council for a way forward, as the condition problems cannot be ignored."
The secondary school had previously been granted a rebuild under the aborted Building Schools for the Future programme introduced by the Labour government.
Patchway town councillor Jon Moore said: "The school's GCSE results have improved year-on-year and is a shining example of how the LEA can and has supported schools and pupils, which makes me extremely disappointed the school has not been successful in its bid for a much needed rebuild."