Plans to rebuild seven Rotherham schools axed

By Gareth Dennison | 06/07/2010 0 comments

Plans to rebuild seven Rotherham schools axed

PLANS to rebuild seven schools in Rotherham have been axed by the coalition Government.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said that, in light of the public finances, continuing the Building Schools for the Future programme would be irresponsible.

BSF would have seen every secondary school across England—about 3,500 in total—rebuilt or remodelled.

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The first phase should have included Aston Comprehensive, Oakwood Technology College, Swinton Community and St Pius Catholic High. Special needs schools Abbey and Hilltop are also set to miss out.

Meanwhile Maltby Academy, which opened under its new name in January is still “for discussion”, according to the Department for Education.

Mr Gove said he was making tough, immediate decisions to help get best value for money, as part of a complete overhaul of capital investment in schools.

He added that it was right to set out a clear way forward for future capital investment and education over the next five years.

BSF would have eventually seen 18 Rotherham schools rebuilt, costing £170 million.

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