Schools get £100m boost
PUBLISHED: 14:40 03 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:47 24 August 2010
SCHOOLS across the borough will undergo huge regeneration following almost £100 million of investment from the Government. All secondary schools across Brent will be rebuilt or refurbished as part of an £80m cash windfall for the Building Schools for the
SCHOOLS across the borough will undergo huge regeneration following almost £100 million of investment from the Government.
All secondary schools across Brent will be rebuilt or refurbished as part of an £80m cash windfall for the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.
Primary schools in Brent are also set for redevelopment after a further £14.7m was pledged to supporting them from the Government.
Alperton Community School in Ealing Road, Wembley, Cardinal Hinsely Mathematics and Computing College in Harlesden Road, Harlesden, Queen's Park Community School in Aylestone Avenue, Brondesbury Park, and Copland Community School in Cecil Avenue, Wembley, will be the first four to benefit from the cash.
Wembley High Technology College in East lane, North Wembley, will follow shortly afterwards with a later stream of funding going towards all remaining secondary schools.
Vernon Coaker, MP, Minister for Schools and Learning, made the announcement on Monday that Brent was on the programme and the news means that the council has the green light to make planned improvements and deliver much-needed extra capacity to cope with growing pupil numbers.
Dawn Butler, MP for Brent South and Young Citizens and Youth Engagement, said: "I am ecstatic at the extra investment that my Government has delivered to Brent, to build schools for the future of our children.
"I have heavily lobbied my Government because I believe our children deserve the best."
Cllr Bob Wharton, member for children and families, said: "It is just fantastic news to have finally been accepted onto the programme.
"BSF is an opportunity for the council to radically improve the schools in Brent which need it most, in order for us to serve future generations of young people and I am thrilled for the children and young people of Brent that we are now able to deliver on our promises to improve their schools.
"It's been a long race but we have finally reached the finish line."
The council now has the job of consulting with all schools, residents and stakeholder groups about its plans for improvements.
TWO of north west London's state primaries came in the bottom 10 passing Sats test in English and Maths combined. Kenmont Primary School in Valliere Road, Kensal Green, scored just 33 per cent, while The Kilburn Park School Foundation in Peel Road, Kilburn, had a mere 35 per cent of its children making the grade.
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