Funding approved for first city school in secondary expansion plans

A £2.5 million funding package has been approved by the Leader of Plymouth City Council to expand Plymstock School.

This is the first school in the city to be awarded funding under the Secondary Basic Need programme which will provide additional pupil places to meet the needs of the city’s growth. The need for additional school places in the Plymstock areas was identified as part of the city’s Secondary Review.

Council Leader Tudor Evans said: “For the last six years we have been working closely with schools across the city to make sure there were enough school places for primary pupils but now these pupils are starting to move into secondary school we need to make sure there are enough places available to meet the demand. Continued investment in our schools is absolutely crucial if we are to maintain high standards and encourage families to raise their children in Plymouth.”

The Plymstock School expansion project will create 200 additional school places and includes:

• building an arts and drama facility which would provide additional sports and hall space and would allow for community use
• creating six new classrooms with additional toilet facilities.
• remodelling the existing kitchen and dining facility, known as the Galley.

The works are due to start shortly and will be completed in a series of phased completions during 2020.

The money has been approved from the City Council’s Investment Board and will form part of the Council’s Capital Programme and is available by using Section 106 funding. The majority of this section 106 funding has come from the new housing development being built at Plymstock quarry by Persimmon Homes and will be used to support the provision of additional school places.

It is a statutory requirement for Plymouth City Council as the Local Education Authority to provide sufficient pupil places to meet the demands of the growing population of the city.