More investment approved for Plymouth schools

Leader of the Council Ian Bowyer has just approved the funding for major improvement works to go ahead at two Plymouth schools.

£1.6 million will be spent at Pomphlett Primary to expand the school from a one form entry to a two form entry primary. This means the school will be able to take an extra 30 pupils in reception each year to meet the demands of the growing population of the city.

£226,418 has also been approved to allow Oreston primary to complete their expansion. These works will enable the school to take an additional 15 pupils from September.

The money has been approved from the City Council’s Investment Board and will form part of the Council’s capital programme. £1,360,009 is from the education capital grant and £309,086 of Section 106 funding has also been approved for the Pomphlett Project. Section 106 funding is money available from housing developments in the Plymstock area to support the provision of additional primary school places.

Council Leader Ian Bowyer said: “Having excellent schools is an important part of Plymouth’s growth and development and we intend to keep building on the improvements that have already taken place over the past five years. Continued investment in our schools is absolutely crucial if we are to maintain high standards and encourage families to raise their children in Plymouth.”

This latest announcement comes after £1,184,500 was approved in November 2015 to meet the cost of urgent building improvement works at three Plymouth schools.

£1,010,500 has been spent at Mount Tamar to bring the boarding hostel section of the school up to date. This included a brand new plumbing system – including extra toilets and showers, a new games room and a kitchen where pupils can develop their independent living skills. £174,000 was split between Compton and Mount Wise Primary Schools for new roofs.

Councillor Terri Beer Cabinet Member for Children and Young people said: “I’m really pleased that we have been able to get the funding approved for these improvement works. Making sure our children and young people have access to excellent quality schools is one of this Council’s key priorities.”

This decision is made under delegated authority and subject to call in by scrutiny.