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Knavesmire Primary gets massive cash boost

York city council

12:01am 13th December 2011

Knavesmire Primary School's getting a massive cash boost.

Councillor Janet Looker, Cabinet Member for Education at City of York Council will be asked to agree major project schemes in York Schools today (13th December 2011) at a decision session.

During the session Cllr Looker will be informed of all recent progress on major schemes within the Education, Children and Young People's Capital Programme in 2012/13, including modernising and developing Knavesmire Primary School.

The proposed scheme at Knavesmire Primary School will seek to provide six extra classrooms, a new hall, a new library area and an improved reception area through a combination of internal remodelling and new build. This work will
be completed over three phases.  The total cost of the three phases is estimated at £2.2m subject to tender and is subject to a planning permission being approved.

The report also provides an update on other major schemes including:

  • The merger of Our Lady's VA RC and English Martyr's VA RC Primary - to form Our Lady Queen of Martyrs VA RC Primary. The official opening of the new school building will be in May 2012.
  • The merger of Clifton with Rawcliffe Junior School and Rawcliffe Infant school into brand new premises on the Rawcliffe Infant site, which opened in November 2011.
  • Major refurbishment works at the former Clifton with Rawcliffe Junior school building, which will provide Canon Lee secondary with dedicated art and media facilities, due for completion May 2012.

Cllr Janet Looker, Cabinet Member for Education at City of York Council, said:

"With rising pupil numbers in our schools and significant reductions in government funding it's more important than ever that we ensure major schemes like Knavesmire Primary School are allocated funding.

"So, we wait to hear from the DfE what capital they are going to allocate to schools in future years at a time when we know investment needs to be made to many schools across the city."

All of the schemes considered in the report, available at (pdf link) http://bit.ly/tgN1gu, will be subject to extensive consultation with governing bodies, key partner agencies, local councillors and residents in the locality of the individual schemes during development and will also be recommend to the Cabinet for approval.

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