Kent Submits Schools’ Bid To Government

The proposal to rebuild or refurbish 15 Kent secondary schools has been resubmitted to government.

Work at the schools in Gravesham and Thanet was halted last July when the government stopped the Building Schools for the Future programme.

Following a successful judicial review, Kent County Council was invited to make a case for the schools that were next in line to receive funding, and where a considerable amount of planning and preparation had already been carried out. In recent weeks, a detailed submission has been prepared and this was delivered to the Department for Education for the Secretary of State to consider. A response is expected in the summer.

Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council, said:

“I am confident that Michael Gove is revisiting his decision in a fair and thorough way.

“We agree with him that the Building Schools for the Future programme was bureaucratic and costly and have suggested ways of delivering first class schools far more efficiently. Indeed, our calculations will deliver greater efficiencies than those flagged up in the recent James Review. Let’s prove what can be delivered for much less public money.

“We have been able to demonstrate this in our response and highlight our excellent track record of delivering innovative projects, on time and on budget.

“So many schools and young people were left disappointed by the original decision last July. Let’s hope our new submission and the potential of providing 21st century schools at much-reduced costs will see the green light for these projects.”

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