Southampton's Bitterne Park and Cedar schools get share of £2bn for rebuilding

Daily Echo: Bitterne Park School, Southampton Bitterne Park School, Southampton

TWO Southampton schools are set to get dramatic overhauls after winning a share of a £2 billion Government cash hand-out.

It comes two years after the city’s education leaders were left devastated by the sudden axing of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, which would have seen up to eight Southampton secondaries completely rebuilt.

Yesterday, Bitterne Park School and The Cedar School were told they had successfully bid for money from the Government’s Priority School Building Programme, which is aimed at those “in need of urgent repair”. No details of the amounts were revealed.

Critics have said the scheme does not go far enough and leaves many schools that desperately require improvement facing years of struggling to make piecemeal repairs.

Three city schools were put forward for cash through the programme, after councils were offered the chance to nominate the schools in most need of repair, and the Government sent surveyors to assess each bid.

Schools which did not receive cash in this round will not now be repaired until at least 2015.

The Cedar School, a school in Redbridge Lane for children with special needs, will be repaired immediately.

Delighted head teacher Jonathan Howells said last night he was now waiting to hear the details of what work will be done, and when.

He said: “This is really good news.

We’re in a very old building. It’s not very appropriate for children with disabilities.”

“It leaks when it rains, if it rains too much the drains overflow, the toilets are pretty poor, the windows need replacing and there’s asbestos – you name it, we’ve had problems with it.”

Susan Trigger, head teacher of Bitterne Park School, was unavailable for comment.

John Denham, Labour MP for Southampton Itchen, welcomed the successful bid from Bitterne Park, but said he was concerned other schools hit by the end of BSF still had no funds.

He said: “Many parents, teachers and children in Southampton were left disappointed by the Tory-led Government’s decision to scrap the BSF programme.

I’ve said this before and it’s still the case: our children deserve high-quality education in high-quality surroundings.”

Education Secretary Gove acknowledged many schools would be disappointed, but insisted: “We have had to take difficult decisions in order to target spending on those schools in the worst condition.”

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2:35pm Fri 25 May 12

Condor Man says...

BSF was a farse and had to be scrapped.
BSF was a farse and had to be scrapped. Condor Man

3:10pm Fri 25 May 12

tootle says...

I remember my school days. If it wasn't broke don't fix it. Mostly roofs were non-leaky, toilets outside and heating erratic(just like the old British Rail). In this crisis money should be spent on good teachers, books, equipment and repairs. Just look at the Millbrook, Oaklands and Oasis farce - new school won't be big enough and only 10 years or so ago since Millbrook was totally done over at taxpayers expense.
I remember my school days. If it wasn't broke don't fix it. Mostly roofs were non-leaky, toilets outside and heating erratic(just like the old British Rail). In this crisis money should be spent on good teachers, books, equipment and repairs. Just look at the Millbrook, Oaklands and Oasis farce - new school won't be big enough and only 10 years or so ago since Millbrook was totally done over at taxpayers expense. tootle

3:28pm Fri 25 May 12

Tenderhearts wife says...

The head teacher of Bitterne Park School was unavailable for comment? well thats got to be a first usually when theres a chance to get herself media attention shes a nose in front of the rest of the pack, Must be on holiday or Ill.
The head teacher of Bitterne Park School was unavailable for comment? well thats got to be a first usually when theres a chance to get herself media attention shes a nose in front of the rest of the pack, Must be on holiday or Ill. Tenderhearts wife

4:05pm Fri 25 May 12

loosehead says...

tootle wrote:
I remember my school days. If it wasn't broke don't fix it. Mostly roofs were non-leaky, toilets outside and heating erratic(just like the old British Rail). In this crisis money should be spent on good teachers, books, equipment and repairs. Just look at the Millbrook, Oaklands and Oasis farce - new school won't be big enough and only 10 years or so ago since Millbrook was totally done over at taxpayers expense.
Tootle the biggest joke about all that is to rebuild the school they had no choice but to go to Academy status under the Labour Government rules set up by Tony Blair.
the Tory council sent out questionnaires to parents of both schools asking where the new school should be built they had three options & a first & second choice & third option (AV) build at Millbrook. build at Oaklands or build on a new site.
Millbrook parents voted Millbrook second choice a new place,Oaklands did the same so the vote that determined the site was all parents second choice so really this was/is the parents choice so why now are people still moaning about it?
[quote][p][bold]tootle[/bold] wrote: I remember my school days. If it wasn't broke don't fix it. Mostly roofs were non-leaky, toilets outside and heating erratic(just like the old British Rail). In this crisis money should be spent on good teachers, books, equipment and repairs. Just look at the Millbrook, Oaklands and Oasis farce - new school won't be big enough and only 10 years or so ago since Millbrook was totally done over at taxpayers expense.[/p][/quote]Tootle the biggest joke about all that is to rebuild the school they had no choice but to go to Academy status under the Labour Government rules set up by Tony Blair. the Tory council sent out questionnaires to parents of both schools asking where the new school should be built they had three options & a first & second choice & third option (AV) build at Millbrook. build at Oaklands or build on a new site. Millbrook parents voted Millbrook second choice a new place,Oaklands did the same so the vote that determined the site was all parents second choice so really this was/is the parents choice so why now are people still moaning about it? loosehead

4:07pm Fri 25 May 12

nedscrumpo says...

I remember our school "fix-it" man, known affectionately as either Lavatory Roberts or Bog Roll Bob!
I remember our school "fix-it" man, known affectionately as either Lavatory Roberts or Bog Roll Bob! nedscrumpo

7:33pm Fri 25 May 12

dizzychick says...

Tenderhearts wife wrote:
The head teacher of Bitterne Park School was unavailable for comment? well thats got to be a first usually when theres a chance to get herself media attention shes a nose in front of the rest of the pack, Must be on holiday or Ill.
Yet as a parent of a pupil that currently goes there - you try gettin hold of this woman to discuss ongoing issues!
[quote][p][bold]Tenderhearts wife[/bold] wrote: The head teacher of Bitterne Park School was unavailable for comment? well thats got to be a first usually when theres a chance to get herself media attention shes a nose in front of the rest of the pack, Must be on holiday or Ill.[/p][/quote]Yet as a parent of a pupil that currently goes there - you try gettin hold of this woman to discuss ongoing issues! dizzychick

8:44pm Fri 25 May 12

KarenR_UK says...

Do they ever stop building at Bitterne Park School? first the new sports hall, then the 6th form, now this - glad i don't live closer.
its not like the school building is even that old!
Do they ever stop building at Bitterne Park School? first the new sports hall, then the 6th form, now this - glad i don't live closer. its not like the school building is even that old! KarenR_UK

9:33pm Fri 25 May 12

loosehead says...

KarenR_UK wrote:
Do they ever stop building at Bitterne Park School? first the new sports hall, then the 6th form, now this - glad i don't live closer.
its not like the school building is even that old!
Bellemoor.Sorry Shirley High got built when I was in my juniors & I had to go to the annexe as the school still wasn't fully completed. now it's been deemed to have been built with sub standard building designs/materials?
they say a school thats just over 44 years old has to be knocked down & a new school built?
The Annexe was in the old Western School Foyes corner & is a Victorian construct I loved that year in that old school & it's still going as St Marks. Yet they were talking of bulldozing it to build a new Regents Park College(mixed school) & a New St Marks?
It seems to me they should leave it alone as it will more than likely out last any new build
[quote][p][bold]KarenR_UK[/bold] wrote: Do they ever stop building at Bitterne Park School? first the new sports hall, then the 6th form, now this - glad i don't live closer. its not like the school building is even that old![/p][/quote]Bellemoor.Sorry Shirley High got built when I was in my juniors & I had to go to the annexe as the school still wasn't fully completed. now it's been deemed to have been built with sub standard building designs/materials? they say a school thats just over 44 years old has to be knocked down & a new school built? The Annexe was in the old Western School Foyes corner & is a Victorian construct I loved that year in that old school & it's still going as St Marks. Yet they were talking of bulldozing it to build a new Regents Park College(mixed school) & a New St Marks? It seems to me they should leave it alone as it will more than likely out last any new build loosehead

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