The Department for Education and
Employment (DFEE) has just confirmed an allocation of £1.95 million to be spent on
Warwickshire school buildings as part of the Governments New Deal for Schools
initiative. This will allow the following vital work to be carried out:
Wood End Primary School
The old Edwardian wing of this school caught fire and was completely destroyed in
August last year. An allocation of £341,000 plus the insurance settlement means that the
destroyed building can be replaced by a modern building more suitable to meet the needs of
pupils in the 21st century.
Blythe Special School
A grant of £426,500 has been allocated to improve the buildings at Blythe Special
School in Coleshill which accommodates about 60 pupils of all ages with severe profound
and multiple learning difficulties. Additional teaching accommodation will be provided to
allow special area for the post 16 students to acquire life skills and other accommodation
in the school to be greatly improved.
Replacement boilers are to be provided at 15 Warwickshire schools as a result of the
£1.1 million grant. Many of these boilers were originally installed in the 1960s and
early 1970s and are now at high risk of breakdown.
Eric Wood, County Education Officer, said
"We are delighted to have additional capital investment in our schools. I am sure
that improved buildings help to drive up standards of learning. The grants for Wood End
and Blythe are particularly welcome in this respect. The new boilers should remove the
risk of school closures when heating systems break down and money will be diverted from
expensive reactive maintenance to projects which improve the learning environment.
"This is good news for Warwickshire."
Jenny Andrews 01926 412150