Multi-million pound boost for Devon’s schools and economy

schools investment

Posted on: 14 March 2012

More than £21 million will be invested in Devon’s schools over the next financial year.

The County Council’s Cabinet today agreed the education capital programme for 2012/13.

In all, £11.2 million will be spent on providing extra places for the expanding number of pupils in Devon – particularly in primary schools.

And £10.2 million will be spent on improving and maintaining accommodation in the County’s schools. That makes just under £21.5 million in all.

Devon’s deputy leader John Clatworthy, who is responsible for County Council property, said: “This is obviously still a time of serious spending restraint but I am pleased to be able to deliver a significant economic boost for Devon.

“This is good news for education and our students, teachers and school staff.

“It is also good news for the many businesses throughout the County which will benefit.

“Obviously hundreds of people in the building trade will be employed on these projects but there are also the wholesalers and suppliers of all the materials we need.

“Every pound that is injected into the economies of our towns and villages has a knock-on effect for many more businesses.”

The capital programme will run from April 2012 to April 2013.

Among the major projects are:

• £1.17 million for the purchase of land for a new primary school in Okehampton
• £935,000 for the expansion of Marpool Primary School, Exmouth
• £550,000 for the expansion of Clyst Heath Nursery and Primary, Exeter
• £350,000 for the expansion of Newton Primary School, Exeter
• £195,000 for the expansion of Copplestone Primary School
• £160,000 to buy land next to St Peter’s Primary, Budleigh Salterton for possible expansion

Mr Clatworthy said there had been a rise in births in Devon and more people moving to the county with children.

This had put pressure on school places, particularly in primary schools in the Exeter and Exmouth areas.

A new primary school was not needed immediately in Okehampton but a site had been identified in the local plan.

“Now is the right time to purchase a site to ensure we can provide sufficient places in the future,” he said.

In addition to the provision of extra school places, more than £10 million will be spent on maintaining and improving existing accommodation.

This includes:
• £1.2 million for roof and windows at South Molton Community College
• £1.05 million for boiler, roof and windows at Ilfracombe Media Arts College
• £600,000 for structural repairs at Ladysmith Junior School
• £500,000 for boiler, roof and windows at KEVICC, Totnes
• £402,000 for roof and windows at Chagford Primary School
• £277,000 for boiler and windows at Countess Wear Primary
• £242,000 for roof and windows at Stoke Hill Infants
• £190,000 for roof and windows at Appledore Primary
• £171,000 for boiler and roof at Ipplepen Primary
• £154,000 for boiler and roof at Modbury Primary
• £157,000 for roof and windows at Littleham Primary
• £148,000 for boiler, roof and windows at Bowhill Primary
• £120,000 for roof and windows at Stoke Hill Junior
• £125,000 for roof and boiler at Decoy Primary
• £121,000 for boiler, roof and windows at Colyton Primary
• £119,000 for boiler, roof and windows at Payhembury Primary
• £117,00 for roof and windows at Axminster Primary
• £114,000 for boiler and roof at Burlescombe Primary

4 comments on “Multi-million pound boost for Devon’s schools and economy

  1. Philip Rowe on said:

    I echo Mr Wilkes comments totally. In my school we have to fund these things ourselves or go without. Something is very wrong/unfair, unless you are in Exeter of course!

  2. Martin Wilkes on said:

    I am currently struggling to find finances to fund the replacement of ancient inefficient boilers, which are continually breaking down, for three of our buildings and was wondering how is it that a number of schools receive central funding for this, whilst we are expected to find it from our revenue budget or Devolved Formula Capital Grant, of which we have very little, having just replaced a 38-year old temporary classroom.
    Are we doing something wrong, or are we just not shouting loud enough?
    Martin Wilkes
    Business Manager
    Dawlish Community College

    • Catherine Young on said:

      Why not contact John Clatworthy at DCC ? If funds are being made available there must be a way of bidding for some and John is usually extremely helpful and well- informed.

    • Devon Newscentre on said:

      Thanks for your comments Martin. We’ll be in touch directly with you with regards to the boilers.

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