School Funding

Education written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Patrick Mercer Patrick Mercer Conservative, Newark

To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the written statement of 24 May 2012, Official Report, column 82WS, on school funding, whether his Department has calculated how much funding the Grove School, Nottinghamshire will receive; when such funding will be made available; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Education Funding Agency (EFA) is currently programming the delivery of the schools whose condition need will be met by the Priority School Programme.

Schools will be grouped together to form batches that can be delivered under one contract to make an attractive project for bidders to encourage competition and value for money for the public sector. The process to batch the schools takes into account a number of factors including condition, geography and commercial attractiveness.

We expect all projects to have been completed or to be under construction within five years. As far as possible, the needs of the schools in the worst condition will be addressed first.

The details of the works to be completed at each school and the associated funding will be determined at the next stage of the programme when feasibility studies will be undertaken for each school. The EFA will then procure the works required.

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