MORE THAN £80 million could be spent on rebuilding four secondary schools if the Government approves a bid from Devon County Council. Work could start on new buildings for Chulmleigh, Dartmouth, Ilfracombe and Tiverton secondary schools within five year
MORE THAN £80 million could be spent on rebuilding four secondary schools if the Government approves a bid from Devon County Council.Work could start on new buildings for Chulmleigh, Dartmouth, Ilfracombe and Tiverton secondary schools within five years if the bid is successful.In addition Marland special school in Torrington would also be rebuilt.Devon's Executive Committee will be asked to approve the £76 million bid for cash from the Government's Building Schools for the Future programme when it meets on Tuesday. A decision by the Government is expected early in the New Year.Councillors will be told they may need to add up to 10 per cent of the bid to ensure all the schemes are viable.Devon's deputy leader and executive councillor for children's services, John Smith, said: "In the past the Government has indicated Devon would be in the last waves of the BSF scheme."However they have now invited local authorities to bid to join the scheme earlier."We have put together what we think is a sensible set of proposals for schools that badly need to be replaced."We think these schemes would also make a major contribution to economic and social regeneration in these towns and so have a positive impact on a range of services we provide in addition to the primary aim of improving educational standards."The Government confirmed this month that Devon County Council was one of only 41 out of 150 local authorities to have its primary school building plans given the full green light.Ministers have agreed to grant Devon £14 million over the next two years and the county will double this from its own resources.The Primary Capital Programme calls for half the nation's primary schools to be refurbished or rebuilt in the next 14 years.County councillors will be told next week that the bid for the BSF secondary school programme includes:* £25.2 million for a brand new school to replace Tiverton High* £25.2 million for a brand new school to replace Ilfracombe Media Arts College* £10.6 million to replace Chulmleigh Community College with some extra funding to support the federation with Chulmleigh Primary School* £9 million to replace Dartmouth Community College combined with some primary capital funds to refurbish Dartmouth Primary School which is situated on the same learning campus* ££6 million to replace Marland School.