Crumbling school

Todmorden High School.
Todmorden High School.

The fight to get funding for two schools in desperate need of repairs will be given a boost thanks to the creation of a working party by Calderdale Council.

Both Todmorden High School and Calder High School missed out on much-needed rebuild funding in the £2 billion Priority Schools Building Programme 2 (PSBP2).

However, after an urgent motion submitted at Calderdale Council, councillors across all parties voted in favour of setting up a working party to fight against the decision.

The council also agreed that the chief executive writes to the Secretary of State to set up an urgent meeting with them and representatives from the schools.

Councillor Simon Young (Lab, Luddenden Foot) who brought the motion to full council, said: “This is a shameful set of affairs and must be addressed.

“We must send a message to the Government that enough is enough.

“We will not treat our communities with such little respect.”

Two councillors from each party will now be chosen for the group and will be led by Coun Colin Raistrick, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services .

Todmorden High School, which spends around £250,000 a year temporarily fixing problems including mould, leaking ceilings and damp walls, didn’t qualify for funding under the old Building Schools for the Future Programme, as the need for a rebuild was based on criteria which included exam results and social deprivation.

Now, under the new system every school in England is surveyed and funding priority is given to schools in the worst state of dilapidation and the highest demand for school places.

However, both Todmorden High School and Calder High School missed out for the second time when funding for more than 270 schools was announced by the Government.