New buildings for our schools
Published: Thursday, 13th September 2018
Building projects to create over 1,000 more secondary pupil places across eight borough schools are progressing well and many are also ahead of schedule.
Expansion work at Charters, Cox Green, and Newlands Girls’ schools were completed in time for this autumn term. Work at Dedworth Middle School has already seen eight new classrooms completed; a new sports hall, which will also provide out of hours use for the community, is due to be finished by the end of September 2018.
Improvements and expansions at Windsor Boys and Windsor Girls’ schools were completed during 2017. These included new or refurbished classrooms at both and a new entrance and dining room extension at Windsor Boys.
The Royal Borough’s current £30 million secondary school expansion programme also includes work underway at Furze Platt Senior School, which is due to be completed in the autumn of 2019 and an expansion at St Peter’s Middle school, also expected to be finished by September 2019.
Pupil numbers in the borough, both primary and secondary continue to be monitored, and it is likely that the next big expansions would be due to additional housing being created within the next 15 years. If all the expected homes are built, the Royal Borough expects to invest £277 million in school buildings and children’s services over the coming years, to give families in the borough the best start in life.
Cllr Natasha Airey, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “These buildings are fantastic resources for our schools and communities and will enhance future learning. Our ambitious schools expansion programme will create thousands of pupil places and will give parents more choice when choosing a school for their child.
“We work with all 66 state funded schools all year round and over 88 percent of them are now rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted."
Future school expansion programmes will also create infrastructure to support the emerging Borough Local Plan and will be delivered when and where it is needed.