Lord Silkin School college plans explained
Heads of education in Telford today explained why a district school intended for complete reconstruction would instead be turned into a university technical college.
Telford & Wrekin Council had planned to build a new Lord Silkin School as part of their ambitious multi-million pound School Building for the Future (BSF) program. Councilor Stephen Burrell gave the explanation.
Telford & Wrekin learned over the summer that plans to build sports and learning communities had survived a review by BSF projects when many others across the country had not been so fortunate.
Local authorities whose programs have escaped the ax have been urged to focus on programs offering the best value for money to improve the condition of school buildings.
Councilor Burrell, Cabinet Member for Children and Youth, said today: âThe council has been asked by the Education Department to focus on the best value for money programs to improve performance. state of the school buildings and we are happy to have been able to keep 95 percent of the regime as originally established.
“However, the government told us that our preferred option for a new construction of the Lord Silkin School was considered unacceptable by the department given its revised criteria.
“It was not the council’s choice and it was an unwelcome decision for us and more importantly for the residents of Stirchley
âWe are now working hard on what we see as an extremely exciting proposition for Lord Silkin to become a university technical college. This included the council working with a number of partners in the education, food production and construction sectors to enable the university technical college to be established.
“While not yet confirmed, it would be great news for Telford & Wrekin – not least because the creation of a university technical college would allow the board to access significant levels of funding to ensure the site Lord Silkin is developed to the best possible standards to improve the life chances of all young people.
“We have also achieved savings over the original program by reducing the cost of some specifications of the other new sport and learning communities and by introducing an element of design standardization.”