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RBWM Press Release
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« on: March 26, 2010, 10:43:30 AM »

The Royal Borough is ready and able to carry out a major transformation of secondary education in its schools including substantial rebuilding and refurbishment programmes at five Maidenhead secondary schools.

Cabinet last night (Thursday) approved a report confirming the borough's 'readiness to deliver' on the government's Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme which aims to raise educational standards across the country and improve outcomes for all children.  The document has been drawn up in conjunction with headteachers, governors and other partners over a period of months through meetings, workshops and school visits.

There is no clear timetable for local authorities to enter the programme but last night's approval demonstrates that the borough is ready to submit its plans both for transforming the way education is delivered and its building proposals.  Its aims include:

ensuring that all children will be as successful as possible and making a bigger difference to those who have been left behind in the past
making schools so good that they will be the schools of choice for all abilities of borough children
using technologies to improve classroom teaching and learning
working with residents to ensure successful outcomes for all children.
 
The proposed building improvements to schools include:

Altwood CE Secondary school would be substantially remodelled or refurbished
Cox Green School nearly a quarter of the existing buildings including the gym, some modular buildings and possibly the sports hall could be demolished and rebuilt
Desborough School nearly half of the school including the English and drama blocks, the New Main and Old Reynolds blocks could be replaced
Furze Platt senior school; much, and possibly all, could be replaced
Newlands Girls' School up to three quarters of the buildings could be demolished, potentially retaining the sports hall, music block and main hall/dining block.
 
Cllr Eileen Quick, lead member for children's services, said: "It is important to realise that at this stage these are not firm plans simply our proposals to demonstrate our readiness to enter the government's scheme should we be invited.

"Although there is a degree of uncertainly about the exact future of the BSF programme,

the huge amount of hard work already carried out by officers will undoubtedly contribute to the borough's ongoing aims of raising educational standards for all the children in our schools and to bring real improvements in their eventual outcomes.

"On a practical level we are proposing rebuilding and refurbishment at more than half of our secondary schools with the focus on five of the Maidenhead secondary schools although they would all stay on their current sites.

"We need to deliver a curriculum which will fit our young people for life in the 21st century as well as addressing the significant areas of underachievement among some groups of pupils.  The message is we are ready to do this once the government calls on us to demonstrate our readiness."

For further information about the Building Schools for the Future programme contact Ben Wright, education planning officer, on 01628 796572.
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2010, 12:29:43 PM »

Good job the third runway at Heathrow has been put on hold then - I wouldn't want those extra aircraft crashing into the pigs!
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2010, 05:15:32 PM »

That's nice RBWM. Bit like saying "IF we had won the lottery we would buy a Porshe." Meanwhile better look after the old banger who knows how many years it has left to run. Perhaps they were so busy putting this bid together they forgot about the children who needed a school this year!
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