Doncaster and Rotherham schools get slice of £2bn rebuilding cash pot

Campsmount Technology College head Andy Sprakes (left) and Wates Construction project manager Mark Powell take a look round the new school build.
Campsmount Technology College head Andy Sprakes (left) and Wates Construction project manager Mark Powell take a look round the new school build.

Ageing schools are to receive funding for rebuilding or refurbishing projects as part ofn a £2bn spending programme announced by the Government.

Four schools in Doncaster and five in Rotherham have been successful in their applications and will now go through to the second phase of the Education Funding Agency’s Priority School Building Programme.

Schools in Doncaster include Adwick Primary School, Armthorpe Academy, Ash Hill Academy and Ridgewood schools and in Rotherham Saint Pius Catholic High School – a specialist school in humanities.

The schools follow Campsmount Academy in Norton, which was chosen as leading the way in the Government’s countrywide school rebuilding programme.

In 2011 its rebuild as a technology college, which is now an academy, was chosen as a pilot project for the James Review, which led to the recommendations being made to Government for its Priority School Building Programme, about how to build schools for less.

For the latest applications, in certain cases, some buildings that were applied for in a school have met the criteria for the building programme but some have not.

Studies on all schools in the programme will start in April to assess the detailed work required, together with any specific site issues and to review the best method and timescale for delivery.