School to be rebuilt

LYNNCROFT Primary School in Eastwood is to be knocked down and rebuilt as part of a £2bn Government scheme because it is in a poor state of disrepair.

The school is one of 15 being rebuilt county-wide and executive headteacher Andrew Peason said he was ‘over the moon’ at hearing the news.

“We are over the moon to be included in the building programme.” said Mr Pearson.

“The funding means that our pupils will get the chance to continue their primary school education in modern, 21st century classrooms which have been looking somewhat shabby in recent years.”

Head of school Sara George said: “It’s wonderful news. Really, really exciting.

“The school is 35 years old. It’s got a flat roof and a lot of structural damage that needs sorting out. We’ve got tree roots coming up in the playground.”

Nottinghamshire County Council submitted an ambitious bid for 48 schools to be improved, and was accpeted for 15 – more than any other county nationwide.

It is not known how much of the £2bn pot of money the county will get, but if it is not enough to completely rebuild all 15, some could end up being ‘heavily refurbished’ said a council spokesperson.

Council leader Kay Cutts said: “This is fantastic news for pupils across the county.

“We are absolutely overwhelmed by the number of successful schools resulting from our bid which has exceeded all our expectations.

“We obviously don’t know all the details at the moment, but we hope that rebuilding of the earliest schools will be complete by 2014 and we’ll be tackling those in worst condition first.”

Nottinghamshire County Council will find out later this summer exactly how much money it will be awarded for the programme.

The first schools will be completed by 2014, and the remainder by 2017.

Anthony May, the council’s corporate director for children and young people’s services, said: “Whilst what goes on inside school buildings is the most important factor in education, we know that many of our buildings are in need of significant investment and that better facilities are also an aspect of improving educational standards.

“The news is a tremendous opportunity to continue our investment in our children’s futures and our schools which we’ve already begun with our ambitious refurbishment programme.”

Local authorities could only put forward bids for schools that had repair costs amounting to 30 per cent or more of what would be needed to rebuild them.

The Government prioritised individual cases, taking into consideration additional criteria such as a long-term demand for more places and whether the existing school site is listed or too small to accommodate a rebuild.

Nationally, a total of 261 schools will benefit.