Highbridge school gets government 'green light'
construction of a brand new £6.3m school in Highbridge will
go ahead despite the government scaling back its spending
on the country's schools modernisation programme, it has been
announced this week.
County Council confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com that building
work for the multi-million pound Churchfield Primary School -
which will replace St John's and Beechfields - will go ahead as
John Osman, Cabinet Member for Children & Young People, confirmed
to Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Somerset County Council has secured
funding from the Governments Primary Capital Programme for
the amalgamation of the new Churchfield School in Highbridge."
anticipate that the new school will be open, as scheduled, in
the new school year in September 2012."
earlier this month that the building project could be delayed
or scrapped under cost-cutting plans by the government to reduce
the budget defecit.
to amalgamate Beechfield and St Johns into Churchfield Primary
School were given a green light by the County Council last year.
newly-amalgamated school will open this September, with the new
school building work going on in the background. The new facilities
are due to be built on the current site at a cost of £6.3m.