Primary included in the bid for cash to rebuild Calderdale schools

MORE than £24 million will be spent on rebuilding three Calderdale if the council’s latest bid for cash is successful.

Calderdale Council has asked the Department for Education for help to replace Todmorden High School, Calder High School and Moorside Primary School, at Ovenden, Halifax.

It should find out by December whether the bid has been successful.

The new Priority School Building Programme is a privately financed programme intended to address those schools in the worst condition.

It replaces the previous Government’s “Building Schools for the Future” programme.

The council’s spokesman for education and lifelong learning, Ashley Evans, said all three schools were in urgent need of upgrading.

“Todmorden High, Calder High and Moorside Primary are all in a really poor condition - they are the three schools in most urgent need and we believe that we can present a strong case to the DfE for each of them to receive funding.”

Councillor Evans (Lib-Dem, Warley) said it was vitally important that these three schools were replaced to provide a good learning environment.

“At the moment, the PSB programme is the only way we are likely to get any funding for new school buildings.

“We have already been told that money is tight and that only those schools in the greatest need will receive funding under this scheme.”

But Ministers may also take into account pressing cases of basic need, such as the requirement for additional school places and other priorities.