North Somerset - Foundations for #163;200m rebuild

12th February 2010 at 00:00

A #163;200 million school refurbishment project in North Somerset aims to provide extra places as well as to improve exam results, council officials have said.

The council is to submit a formal request to the Government for the money under the Building Schools for the Future programme.

It will allow ageing classrooms to be replaced at all schools in Weston-super-Mare and surrounding areas. The building work will also create more places to accommodate a population rise fuelled by new housing developments in the town. Pupil numbers will rise by 804 by 2020.

The funding will also pay for a new special school to be co-located with a secondary in Clevedon. Four student support centres and two special schools will be refurbished.

The plans have been under discussion since the end of 2008.

Phil Hall, interim director of children and young people's services, said "significant progress" had been made and a formal bid will be submitted "at the earliest opportunity".

He added: "The two main educational outcome priorities are to close further the attainment gap between the most deprived and affluent areas, moving schools from 'satisfactory' to at least 'good' and to move the performance level across the authority from 'good' to 'outstanding'." KM.

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