Cornwall - Disrepair school fights for #163;1.3m to rebuild

16th April 2010 at 01:00

A school with officially one of the "worst" buildings in Cornwall has no hall, playground for younger children, staffroom or library.

Council officials are struggling to solve problems with classrooms at St Tudy CofE Primary near Bodmin because they cannot find the money to rebuild it.

All three classrooms and the ICT suite in the Victorian building are undersized. The only play area is on the other side of the road on a village field, and there is no outdoor space for children in the foundation stage.

The school's governors have demanded that Cornwall Council rebuild the school using #163;1.3 million of funding officials have been given specifically to improve classrooms.

But the council says the money is not enough to pay for a new school and they are not allowed to use it to fund temporary buildings. Its plan to merge St Tudy with nearby St Mabyn Primary - which would meet criteria for use of the cash - is not popular with governors.

The #163;1.3 million has to be spent by next March and can only be used for a new replacement school.

The backlog of maintenance work means St Tudy is in the second worst condition of all Cornish schools. Because of this, teachers fear they will be punished by Ofsted at their next inspection.

Councillors will decide whether to build a #163;235,000 new canteen and foundation stage classroom on the playing field, rebuild at a cost of #163;4 million, carry out a partial rebuild costing #163;3 million, or combine St Mabyn and St Tudy schools and build a new one. KM.

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