Doncaster schools’ joy at £2bn rebuild decision

Pupils of Ridgewood School with headteacher, Maggie Dunn.
Pupils of Ridgewood School with headteacher, Maggie Dunn.

Four Doncaster schools are in line for major refurbishment as part of the Government’s multi-billion pound rebuilding programme.

Adwick Primary School, Ridgewood School in Scawsby, Ash Hill Academy in Hatfield and Armthorpe Academy are the four successful applicants.

No costing of works to be carried out has been released, but the schools will be refurbished or extended under phase two of the Education Funding Agency’s (EFA) Priority School Building Programme.

A block of 10 classrooms and offices are expected to be transformed at Ridgewood School.

A school spokesman said: The project is for one of our oldest and largest buildings on the school site. It currently houses 10 classrooms and several office or work spaces.

“We look forward to working with EFA and welcome the initial site visit in spring 2015.”

Adwick Primary School staff said they were ‘extremely pleased’ to have secured funding fromn the latest £2 billion pot that has been made available.

Headteacher Sharon Hutchinson, said she was looking forward to work to amalgamate the two current schools – the infant section in Stafford Road and the junior section in Windmill Balk Lane.

She added: “We welcome the funding for refurbishment and extension from the Education Funding Agency.

“This is an exciting time for us all and it will further support bringing us all together as a joint school.

“I would also like to thank the local authority for putting the bid together on our behalf.”

A spokesman for Doncaster Council said the original plan had been tweaked for re-submission.

He added: “The plans for Adwick Primary School include putting everything on the Stafford Road Infant site.

“This will include refurbishment of the existing building and also extending what is already there.”

Mark Willett, director of facilities at School Partnership Trust Academies, which sponsors Ash Hill, said: “We welcome this news and look forward to working with the Education Funding Agency to provide our staff and learners with an environment that isn suitable for learning in the 21st Century.

No comment was available from Armthorpe Academy.

Doncaster Council’s assistant director of children Jo Moxon, said: “We welcome this announcement which will help fund improvements at these Doncaster schools.

“This Government investment will be a major plus for the local communities, improving conditions for the school community, including teachers, and delivering big educational benefits for the pupils.”

Assessments are due to be carried out the sachools before more details of the build projects are released.