Funding for school rebuild secured

By Martin Neville

Published on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 15:08


Funding for school rebuild secured

Christ the King College, Newport, Isle of Wight, has secured government funding for a rebuild. Picture by Peter Boam.

AN ISLE of Wight School has secured funding for a complete rebuild, while its plans for a new sixth form and library will continue.

The news was announced to parents by Christ the King College principal, Pat Goodhead, in a school newsletter last week.

As previously reported, the school, in Wellington Road, Newport, recently secured planning permission to construct a new sixth-form building, providing much needed extra classrooms, a library and new facilities.

Mrs Goodhead told the County Press the latest announcement did not affect those plans in any way.

She said: "This is completely separate and is a plan for the future."

The funding will come from the government’s Priority Schools Building Programme, though the exact amount is not yet known.

Chris Whitehouse, Conservative candidate for Newport West, in which the college is located, said the news gave an opportunity for the college to look at moving to a brand new site.

Mr Whitehouse, who has two children at the school, said: "There are no less than five schools in the immediate area of Wellington Road.

"They are all great schools; staff and students are rightly proud of them, but there are simply too many of them.

"We must now explore whether the opportunity of the rebuilding at the college can enable it to move to a brand new site, reducing impact upon local residents who do currently experience severe problems with traffic congestion at school run time and noise at other times of the day."

Mrs Goodhead told the County Press: "At this stage, while I am aware there is much speculation and debate in the community, there are as yet no plans.

"There is much to be discussed by the governing body and the two dioceses following this excellent news.

"As always, whatever the outcomes, the decisions will be made in the best interests of our current and future students."



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