ANOTHER Coventry school has now been included in the Governemnt’s School Rebuilding Programme to provide new and improved facilities for staff and pupils.
The Department for Education (DfE) School Rebuilding Programme – launched earlier this year – carries out major rebuilding and refurbishment projects at school and sixth form college buildings across England, with buildings prioritised according to their condition.
The DfE announced the first 50 schools in the programme in February 2021 including West Coventry Academy, Coundon Court, and Cardinal Newman.
Now it has been announced that Spon Gate Primary has been included in the second set of 50 schools to be rebuilt.
The first 100 schools were prioritised either because they have buildings of specific construction types that require replacement or their buildings have the highest condition need.
The DfE recently contacted Coventry City Council regarding Spon Gate Primary School and carried out a site visit to gather further information about the condition need of the building.
Coun Dr Kindy Sandhu, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “We are thrilled Spon Gate Primary has been included in the second phase of the Government’s School Rebuilding Programme.
“It means Spon Gate Primary School will be rebuilt/refurbished, providing modern, sustainable, energy efficient education provision, supporting teachers to deliver a high-quality education.
“This project is another example of investment into Coventry’s schools for the benefit of our children.
“The council works in close partnership with schools across Coventry to make sure city pupils are working in the best environments. The Council has secured in excess of £50m of capital funding for providing high-quality school places.”
Jamie Wingrove, Headteacher for Spon Gate Primary School said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as part of this programme.
“At Spon Gate, we pride ourselves on providing high quality learning for all of our children, and to be able to do this in purpose-built accommodation will make such a huge difference to the whole school community.
“This is such an exciting time for the school and we cannot wait to get started.”