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News - 8 August 2013

Education chiefs in Southampton ask Michael Gove to invest in city schools

A cross-party group of senior city councilors has written to Education Secretary Michael Gove and called on him to invest in school infrastructure and provide a timely boost for the city’s economy.

They say that schools in the city have missed out on vital improvement works since the Government’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme was scrapped in 2010, and called on the Government to fund rebuilding work at secondary schools in Southampton.

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS comments:
“Up to 12 schools in the city were due to be rebuilt, remodeled or refurbished through BSF funding before Mr Gove announced that the scheme would be axed in July 2010. It is now tremendous news to hear that money is to be made available via the Priority Schools Programme (PSP). This investment will be vital to improving educational outcomes, and undoubtedly will have a very positive impact on the economy and the local communities the schools are part of”

The letter to Mr Gove was signed by council education chief Sarah Bogle, Conservative group deputy leader Jeremy Moulton, Liberal Democrat group deputy leader Maureen Turner and Labour Councilors Against the Cuts leader Keith Morrell.

In it, they said: “We welcome the investment from the PSP, which was confirmed in the spending review, for one of our secondary schools that was originally earmarked for BSF funding – Bitterne Park.

“There are several other secondary schools in the city that desperately need the same level of investment.”

Cllr Bogle added: “I welcome cross-party support for investment in those Southampton secondary schools that really need it.”

If you need any help and advice with Free School or Academy Schools, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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