Gorton Education Village

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 21 July 2008.

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Photo of Gerald Kaufman Gerald Kaufman Labour, Manchester, Gorton

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the sources of funding are for the rebuilding of Cedar Mount School and Melland School into Gorton Education Village; and what the cost of that rebuilding is.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

The Gorton Education Village project in East Manchester will create a single-site campus on an eight acre site providing 900 co-educational spaces and 110 specialist support special educational needs (SEN) places. This 100 per cent. new build project will combine Cedar Mount High School with Melland SEN High School. Construction commenced in September 2006 and the Education Village is due to be operational at the start of the new academic year in September 2008.

Manchester city council has been allocated £202 million of Government capital grant to Manchester for the schools in its wave 1 Building Schools for the Future project and the council has set aside approximately £10 million to supplement this. The Government funding includes £16.4 million for Cedar Mount School and £9.7 million for Melland School. Manchester city council has established a programme-level contingency fund, some of which may be allocated to the Gorton Education Village project.

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