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Bristol primary run-down school will be rebuilt

CHILDREN at a Bristol primary are hopeful that their run-down school will be rebuilt. The three to 11-year-olds from the 400-pupil Begbrook primary in Stapleton have drawn pictures and written to the city council saying that the building leaks, that there is mould in the boys' toilets and the radiators need replacing. The children also complain that doors do not shut properly, window frames are cracked and classrooms are so stuffy they get headaches.

The council was expectd yesterday to approve the rebuilding and repair of nine schools as part of a pound;52.5 million maintenance programme, funded by the council, the Department for Education and Employment and the private finance initiative.

Begbrook headteacher Ian Purnell (pictured) said: "It will be fantastic if it goes ahead - it will mean so much to the children, parents and staff. The whole school building is damp and there is no insulation."

Photograph by DAVID MARSDENSWNS

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