£13m investment plan for schools
PUBLISHED: 15:15 11 November 2009 | UPDATED: 09:43 12 August 2010
A SCHOOL has been awarded £2.5 million for a major redevelopment of its sixth form and dining facilities. Bromley council s portfolio holder for children and young people, Ernest Noad, has agreed a schools investment programme which will pave the way fo
A SCHOOL has been awarded £2.5 million for a major redevelopment of its sixth form and dining facilities.
Bromley council's portfolio holder for children and young people, Ernest Noad, has agreed a schools' investment programme which will pave the way for the redevelopment of Ravens Wood School in Oakley Road, Bromley.
The funds will go towards converting the existing hall, dining area and kitchen into teaching space and new eating facilities.
The scheme will provide 14 new classrooms, an integrated learning centre for sixth form students, new drama and music facilities and an all-weather pitch.
There will also be provision for media studies, business studies and A-levels in foreign languages and physical education.
The development is expected to take place in phases over five years and the school will also be expected to contribute £2.5 million.
A further £500,000 has been allocated to St Olave's and St Saviour's Grammar School, Orpington, to support its increased sixth form intake in 1997. The money will contribute towards redeveloping the school's redundant swimming pool building into a multi-purpose hall for sports, drama, sixth form assemblies and examinations.
Parents and friends have also raised and pledged £530,000 towards the scheme, which already has planning permission.
Mr Noad said: "This is essential funding to maintain the fabric of our schools and thereby the quality of education in our borough. We have lobbied long and hard for this capital funding to secure these improvements and I am delighted that the necessary resources to meet 21st-century educational demands have been allocated to these schools. The schools themselves are contributing greatly to their refurbishments and deserve all the support possible to help fulfil the potential of their students."
Funds for the schools have been obtained through Government funds topped up by a Targeted Capital Grant of £8 million and a Dedicated Schools' Grant by the council and Schools' Forum.
From 2009 to 2013, an estimated £12.97 million is available to invest in secondary schools in the borough. Previous allocations have gone to Newstead Wood, Darrick Wood, Hayes and a contribution towards the Riverside School as a replacement for the capital receipt from the former Woodbrook School for Specialist Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) provision.