New hope for high school re-build

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HOPES of a new building for Todmorden High School have been boosted by bids of more than £24m to a new Department for Education programme.

Calderdale Council has submitted the bids to the DfE’s new Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) to help improve the fabric of Todmorden High, Calder High and Moorside Primary School in Halifax

Coun Ashley Evans, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for education and lifelong learning, said the three schools are in urgent need of upgrading.

“It’s vitally important that these three schools receive the help and support they need to provide a good learning environment,” he said.

“We’ve already been told that money is tight and that only those school buildings in the greatest need will receive funding under this scheme.

“Even through PSBP, the criteria for funding new buildings are extremely tight and the amounts available are very limited.”

Helen Plaice, headteacher at Todmorden High School, said she was very excited about the possibility of a new building. “It would be lovely to have a state-of-the-art building to support the good learning that our students are currently involved in,” she said.

“Our results have been moving upwards for the past five years and we had some outstanding results in the sixth form this summer, so we have shown that good learning is not only about the building.

“Just think what we could achieve if we had classrooms that were purpose built for 21st century education.”

The council will hear in December whether its bids have been successful.