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Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP) list published

24 May 2012

The Department for Education has finally released the list of schools which will be prioritised for the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP). Out of 587 applicants 261 were successful, with 42 of the schools with the greatest needs to be dealt with immediately through capital grant funding.

The fact that any capital investment is being made into the school system as the country slides back in to recession is a promising sign.

Whilst this will be of little comfort to the unsuccessful schools Michael Gove has stated that, subject to funding, unsuccessful schools which still require renovation will have their needs addressed in the next spending review period.

The successful schools would do well to start considering their options for procuring new builds or complete or partial renovations. Given that this list was originally due to be published in December 2011 (and replaced a scheme that would have resulted in building work already taking place) the sooner schools can get spades in the ground the better.

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