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Grant-Maintained Schools

Volume 202: debated on Thursday 23 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what are his plans for capital grant expenditure for grant-maintained schools for the financial year 1992–93.

The planned level of capital expenditure on grant-maintained schools in 1992–93 is £28–5 million.Each grant-maintained school approved to begin by September 1992 is eligible to receive a formula based allocation to be used for small capital works and items of capital equipment. The formula will be £10,000 per school plus £20 per pupil. Schools becoming grant-maintained in September 1992 will be able to claim 7/12 of the full year allocation.We have agreed allocations for named capital projects with a total value of £15.2 million to begin in 1992–93. Some projects are phased over two years. Of the 102 eligible schools 50 have received an allocation for a named capital project. Schools approved to become grant-maintained as from January and April 1992 have been invited to submit bids for capital projects by 27 January. There will be a further announcement for allocations to those schools in due course.Within the total, there are allocations totalling some £8 million (including £5 million to be spent in 1992–93) for projects at 18 schools which form part of the technology schools initiative which was launched on 4 December. These allocations will enable schools to enhance their provision for technology-related subjects and take forward the teaching of technology in the national curriculum. Four of these schools have been selected as particularly well placed to develop an innovative and committed approach to technology education and be awarded GM technology school status: Bournemouth school, Ecclesbourne school, Great Barr school and St. George's school, Sleaford.The proposed allocation of £500,000 to St. George's school, Sleaford for a technology block is complemented by a sponsored donation of £250,000 from Mr. Reg Brealey, the school's chairman of governors, through a charitable trust set up for the benefit of the school.Grant-maintained schools continue to show their energy and commitment. I am sure that these capital allocations will help the schools to realise their full potential. I particularly welcome the allocations for projects within the technology schools initiative which I launched on 4 December.

I shall look to the four schools named as leaders in the field of technology teaching. They will develop close and practical links with business and industry.

The sponsor investment from Mr. Brealey is very generous and an example that I hope others will follow. St.

Named Project Capital allocations for grant-maintained schools in 1992–93

All figures are in £000s



Total project allocation

Technology Schools Initiative

Beaconsfield High SchoolNew Technology block and refurbishment750
Bournemouth SchoolRationalisation of Science and Technology facilities546
Bullers Wood School for Girls, ChislehurstTechnology block375
Caistor Grammar SchoolTechnology, Science and IT building287
Dartford Grammar SchoolTechnology and Science facilities260
Ecclesbourne School, Duffield, DerbyTechnology facilities780
Great Barr School, BirminghamTechnology facilities700
Kingswood School, CorbyFood Technology, Graphics and Technology Rooms330
Lancaster Royal Grammar SchoolInformation Technology Centre124
Nonsuch High School for Girls, Cheam, SurreyDesign and Technology extension and remodelling700
Northwood SchoolTechnology block and conversion400
Reading SchoolScience and Technology facilities630
Rickmansworth SchoolRemodel and repair craft block250
St. George's School, SleafordTechnology Block


Watford Grammar School for BoysConversions to Design and Technology Centre180
Watford Grammar School for GirlsDesign and Technology facilities400
Westcliff High School for BoysTechnology block280
Wolverhampton Girls High SchoolPhase I—Craft, Design and Technology450
Total for Technology7,942

Other Allocations

Avon Valley School, RugbyRoof repair17
Baverstock School, BirminghamPhase I—Building shell and Services470
Beechen Cliff School, AvonSanitary, drainage, asbestos etc160
Bingley Grammar SchoolScience Wing Extension250
Bourne Abbey PrimaryClassrooms and Medical facilities160
Chalvedon School, BasildonRe-cladding Middle School block250
Clitheroe Royal Grammar SchoolEssential structural repairs145
Collingwood School, Camberley, SurreyFabric repairs50
Crossley Heath School, HalifaxFire precaution work210
Francis Bacon School St. AlbansRenewal of boilers and associated work30
Graveney School, WandsworthToilet refurbishment100
Guildford County SchoolNew Classroom Block370
Hardley School, SouthamptonHeating system repairs130
Heckmondwike Grammar SchoolRepairs—old block200
Highams Park School, Waltham ForestRe-roof Technology workshops29
Kingsley Park Middle School, NorthamptonAsbestos, fire escapes and Technology50
Lancaster Girls Grammar SchoolUpgrading of Toilets and Cloakroom50
London Nautical School, SouthwarkUpgrade Science Laboratory150
Long Field High School, Melton MowbrayRe-roofing phase II100
Manor High School, West MidlandsUpgrade site to Health and Safety requirements60
Oldfield School, BathUrgent fabric and structure work50
Pate's Grammar School, CheltenhamPhase II of re-build1,997
Queen Elizabeth's School for Boys, BarnetReplace windows50
Queensbury School, DunstableFire safety provisions40
Queensmead School, HillingdonRoofing52
Ribston Hall High School, GloucesterBoilers and controls for heating68
St. Bartholomew's School, Newbury, BerksHealth and Safety155
Stroud High SchoolScience Block780
Thamesview School, GravesendHealth and Safety100
Vyners School, HillingdonScience and Technology Block638
Wilmington Boys Grammar School, KentBoiler house renewal145
Wilmington Girls Grammar School, KentNew Science Laboratory170
Total other projects7,226

1 Provisional allocation.

George's school in Sleaford has been interested for some time in becoming a technology school and this project will enable it to become a leader and developer of good practice.

The following is a list of the named capital allocations.