Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet has today welcomed news that the Cromer Road Primary School has been awarded Government funding to renovate and rebuild the school.
Theresa has been campaigning for several years to secure funding for Cromer Road Primary School to enable it to carry out essential building work. High Barnet ward councillor, Cllr David Longstaff, has also been pressing for these improvements to go ahead.
Commenting on today's announcement, Theresa said “I am delighted by the news that Cromer Road Primary School will receive this much-needed funding. It is a great school but some of their buildings are in a very poor state."
“I have been working hard to try to secure this funding for some time. I raised this directly with Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education. I chased this up with the Department for Education only a few weeks ago."
"Some of Cromer Road's school rooms are in 1940s temporary structures which are long past their use-by date. This rebuild will provide significant improvements to the educational environment for pupils. It will take some time before the improvements are actually delivered but I will be working with the school to support their efforts to get the work done. I would like to pay tribute to Bill Webster, chair of governors, and Helen Schmidt, the head teacher, for the role they and the governors, parents and teachers have played in securing this funding."
Cromer Road Primary School has now moved to the second phase of the Priority Schools Building Programme, and will now have the condition of one or more of their buildings addressed. Scoping studies on all schools will commence from April onwards to assess the work required, and to review the best method and timescale for delivery.