Millions of pounds could be injected into city schools to help transform education and provide hundreds of extra places for students to learn. Council education officials want to set aside £6.6m of their 2017/2018 capital budget on a major expansion programme.
Project bosses want The Portsmouth Academy and other city schools to benefit most from the money. Head teachers say they are excited by the prospect of more money going into education to ensure more students can learn and achieve.
Rachel Grey, Interim Head at The Portsmouth Academy, said:
“The promise of significant city council funding to provide more school places at The Portsmouth Academy is extremely exciting.
As a school that achieved best-ever GCSE results last year, we’re already very popular, and when we go co-ed this September, there will be even greater demand.
We are proud to be a school of choice for local parents.”
Unveiling the strategy, Tory education boss, Councillor Neill Young, said:
“Education has been the council’s main priority in recent years, and these proposals show our continued commitment to investing in our schools to make sure Portsmouth’s children have the best chance of getting a good education.
This is the bricks-and-mortar part of our improvement and expansion plans, and aims to raise standards in English and maths by improving the learning environment.
It goes hand in hand with projects to attract more teachers to the city and raise children’s aspirations and attainment.”
The school improvement schemes are going to be deliberated as part of the council’s capital budget, which invests in a range of infrastructure schemes like buildings and facilities, rather than the day-to-day running of services that have to be financed through a separate budget.
The council’s cabinet will review the budget proposals at a meeting on February 9, before they go to the full council on February 14.
Pictured is: Interim Head of School, Rachel Grey at The Portsmouth Academy with Portsmouth City Council education official, Councillor Neill Young. Picture by The News, Portsmouth