Ilkley Grammar misses out on funding

Ilkley Grammar misses out on funding

Published at 7:39am 12th February 2015. (Updated at 6:08pm 12th February 2015)

The Government is being challenged to reveal how schools in areas like Wharfedale can cope with the demands from further housing.

It comes after Ilkley Grammar School was overlooked for funding to build new classrooms and refurbish others.

Headteacher Helen Williams said: "We heard on Monday 9 February that our bid submitted to the Government's PSPB2 programme has been unsuccessful and we have not been allocated any funds to rebuild/refurbish Ilkley Grammar School.

"Although we appreciate that funding for PSBP2 is limited, we were hopeful our bid would be successful due to the extent of our need.

"The bid focused on the replacement of our dilapidated blocks.

"The funding would have financed not only replacement buildings, but would also have provided additional space including eight more classrooms and a lecture theatre, which would have also helped meet our need for expansion given the increased numbers in our feeder primary schools."

Around £2 billion has been set aside by the Government for building repairs and upgrades at 277 schools across England.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said: "As part of our long-term economic plan, we have continued to invest in school buildings which will ensure we can deliver even more great new schools, transform the learning environment for tens of thousands of pupils and their teachers whilst delivering value for money for the taxpayer."

The omission of Ilkley Grammar School has raised questions about how areas along the Wharfe Valley can reach targets for new housing whilst still accommodating the additional demand for school places.

Addingham is one area where pupils typically go on to Ilkley after leaving primary school.

Councillor Adrian Naylor, a District Councillor on Bradford Council and a member of Addingham Parish Council, said: "It's something that is the fault of the Government, there's no question about that in that they're quite happily forcing additional housing on us, but what they aren't doing is providing the additional infrastructure to go with it.

"I have a major challenge to the Government which is: how can they expect us to take nearly 1,000 houses in Wharfedale and not supply additional secondary education?"