This week I visited two Cornish primary schools to see first-hand some of the works which are taking place to provide thousands of additional pupil places in schools across Cornwall over the next two years.
Cornwall Council is in the middle of a major £40m investment programme which will see almost 2,500 additional pupil places provided by September 2018 by expanding existing primary schools across Cornwall.
These expansion works, which include the construction of extra classrooms, halls and kitchens in 25 schools, have been targeted to provide additional places where they are needed most.
The good news is nine schemes have already been completed at Charlestown Primary School, Indian Queens CP School, Mount Hawke Academy, Nanpean CP School, St Columb Minor ACE Academy, St Petroc’s CE Primary School, The Bishops C of E Learning Academy, Treleigh CP School, Brunel Primary and Nursery Academy. The expansion have provided an additional 900 pupil places.
Works are now being carried out at a further six primary schools – St Agnes, Tregolls School, Cubert, Connor Downs, St Uny and St Merryn – with these schemes due to be completed by September 2017.
Following on from September 2017, expansion programmes will then be carried out at a further 11 schools over the following 12 months – providing a total of 2,414 additional pupil places by September 2018.
It was great to visit Cubert and St Agnes ACE Academy along with the Cornwall Councillor for that area. I was joined by staff from the Council’s School Place Planning and Capital Projects Teams, and along with Kier, the contractor who have all worked together to provide much these needed school places.
I am really pleased to be able to come along and see some the works being carried out so that the schools can offer more pupil places. We at the Council recognise the need to provide more school places in Cornwall and the works taking place at Cubert Primary School and St Agnes ACE Academy are part of a much larger programme of school expansions.
The £3.5m project at St Agnes includes the construction of an eight classroom two storey block, expanding the existing school hall and remodeling of the existing kitchen to cater for the additional pupils.
Myself and the local member, Pete Mitchell
St. Agnes School build
At Cubert the £2.1 m project will see the construction of three classrooms and a studio hall across two new blocks, as well as also remodeling the existing kitchen to cater for the additional pupils.
Meeting all those involved at Cubert School
The remaining schemes being carried this year include :
· Tregolls School: full form entry expansion and New MUGA (Multi-Use Games Area)
· Connor Downs Academy: – construction of two new classrooms
· St Uny C.E. School: – internal alterations to provide additional pupil places and construction of a new classroom and expansion of the existing hall
· St Merryn School: Installation of a new modular classroom
The works taking place at the remaining 10 schools include:
· Sandy Hill Academy: -Full Form Entry Expansion.
· Rosemellin Community Primary School: -Construction of 3 new Classrooms and new hall.
· Stratton Primary School: -Internal alterations of adjoining Gregson Centre to provide 3 additional classrooms, taking the school to 2 Form Entry.
· Trevithick Learning Academy ARB: -Construction of a new Area Resource Base (ARB) to provide additional Special Educational Needs (SEN) pupil places.
· Mabe Community Primary School: -Construction of a new classroom.
· Penpol School: -Installation of a new modular classroom.
· St Columb Major ACE Academy: -Internal alterations to provide additional pupil places.
· St Day and Carharrack School: -Internal alterations to provide additional pupil places
· St Stephens (Saltash) Community Primary School: -Construction of a new classroom.
· Weeth Community Primary School: -Demolition of existing life expired modular classroom and installation of a double modular classroom (part funded by the School).
We have not just stopped their, as well as investing in the provision of additional classrooms, the Council has also spent £37.5m carrying out essential repairs and maintenance at maintained primary and secondary schools over the past four years.
Huge credit to all those involved. For me as the Lead Member for Children’s Services it is fantastic to see such a large investment in schools by the Council.
For those readers in the Porthleven and Helston area may wonder why Helston College is not included in these programmes. The simple reason is Helston College is covered by a different funding programme which is directly managed by the Education Funding Agency via the DfE.