Schools axed by Government
Published: 06 July, 2010
UK: The Government has announced that it is axing a flagship £55bn schools rebuilding scheme. Most applications are in London and the South East.
In total, schemes to rebuild or renovate 715 secondaries were scrapped, while projects at a further 706 schools that have reached "financial close" – where work is ready to begin – will still go ahead. A further 123 schemes to build academies will be reviewed on a "case-by-case basis".
In some cases, rebuilding plans that have taken years to develop have been axed, potentially forcing councils to to spend huge sums patching up crumbling buildings.
Education Secretary Michael Gove said the cancellations were "unavoidable because of the financial mess left by Labour and because the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme had been badly botched".
Mr Gove announced a review of capital investment in schools – to "cut red tape" – to determine the way forward, but with no hint of funding available in the future.
The announcement triggered angry scenes in the Commons, where Ed Balls, Labour's education spokesman, branded it "shameful".
Some Labour MPs claimed it had condemned children to a return to the bad old days of "peeling walls, leaking roofs and children taught in prefabs".
They accused the Conservatives of freeing cash for new so-called free schools, sponsored by parents and teachers.
Mr Gove said the bureaucracy in the BSF process meant only 96 of England's 3500 secondary schools had been replaced in 13 years of Labour.
Details released by the Department for Education on the building work affected include:
Carmel RC College
The Bridge PRU
Academy - for discussion:
Durham City Academy (Belmont)
Broom Cottages PRU
Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College
Greenfield Community Arts College
New School (replace Bishop Barrington & King James)
New School (replace Spennymoor & Tudhoe) Seaham
St John's RCVA Comprehensive
The Oaks Secondary (ICT only)
Windlestone (ICT only)
Woodham Community Technology Centre
Brierton - (Proposed for closure)
Catcote Special School
High Tunstall College of Science
Manor College of Technology
PRU - Hartlepool
English Martyrs School And Sixth Form College
Dyke House Sports And Technology College
St. Hilds CE VA School
REDCAR AND CLEVELAND
Academy - for discussion
Freebrough Academy - Stopped
Bydales School - A Specialist Technology College
Eston Park School - (Proposed for closure)
Gillbrook College - (Proposed for closure)
Kilton Thorpe School
Kirkleatham Hall School
Laurence Jackson School
New School Eston (Proposed)
Redcar Community College
Sacred Heart RC VA School
St. Peter's Catholic College - (proposed for closure)
Academy - for discussion
North Shore Health Academy
Abbey Hill SEN
All Saints CE
Billingham Campus - (proposed for closure)
Bishopton Centre PRU
Blakeston - (proposed for closure)
Ian Ramsey CE
King Edwin - (proposed for closure)
Norton - (proposed for closure)
Our Lady And St Bede's CE
St Michael's RC VA Comprehensive
St Patrick's RC Comprehensive
Castlegreen Community School
Farringdon Community Sports College
Houghton Kepier Sports College
Portland Specialist School
PRU - Sunderland
Southmoor Community School
St. Anthony's Catholic Girls' School
St. Aidan's Catholic School
Thornhill - Sunderland
Venerable Bede CE (Aided) Secondary