Pupils must wait on school rebuild

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A CALDERDALE primary school which has been waiting to be rebuilt since 2005 will have to be patient, the House of Commons was told.

The Government wants to make sure it has all the facts and figures about the schools most in need of capital funding, said Education Secretary Michael Gove.

He was responding to a question from Halifax MP Linda Riordan about when Moorside Primary School, at Ovenden, might be rebuilt.

Mr Gove said: “One of the unfortunate consequences of decisions made by the previous Government is that in about 2006 we stopped collecting data at a national level on the state of school buildings, which means that we do not have an accurate picture of the schools that are most in need.

“The hon. Lady makes a very good case for a school in her constituency, which I know she represents effectively, but we have to look at the picture in the round.”