£ 1.4million funding approved for school construction in Northamptonshire to provide more space for pupils

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Sponne School Towcester
Sponne School Towcester

The £ 1.4million funding for construction work to provide more space for pupils at a secondary school in Towcester has been given the green light.

The Sponne School in Brackley Road is keen to carry out the planned capital improvement work, starting with the expansion of its science block.

The shadowy West Northamptonshire Council executive committee unanimously approved the funding when members met on Tuesday April 20.

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The committee approved the first tranche of Section 106 of Towcester South Sustainable Urban Extension of £ 1.2million and released £ 182,942 in historic Section 106 contributions to the school.

He is also delegated to the Executive Director of Children’s Services, in consultation with the Executive Director of Finance and the relevant portfolio holder, to consider the school’s request to transfer additional funding of £ 320,282 of works from improvement of fixed assets for the extension of its scientific unit. relative to the value of future S106 financing receivable.

Councilor Fiona Baker, member of the Children’s Services cabinet, presented the application report to the committee. She said: “This report aims to explain the capital improvement work that Sponne School wishes to undertake and also to show how this is to be funded once approved.

“In the past, Sponne School had increased their PAN (Student Admission Number) to help us accommodate as many children as possible.

“Because Towcester has a great development going on right now, and it’s increasing the number of young people wanting to go to high school and it’s the only one in the area.

“This particular extension will not increase the number of students further, but two September ago they agreed to take 22 more students, which if you keep in mind next September will actually be 66 more students taking 22 in September, and they find it is a bit tight in the school to welcome all these young people and give them the best possible education.

“So what they want to do is build a new science block, so that the science field they currently have can be extended to school and used for other things.

“It’s pretty well presented in the papers, I think how it’s going to be funded, some with funds that we already have in their name from 106, which actually goes by the name of Sponne School and therefore cannot be used nowhere else.

“Some will be due if they are not already paid, imminently. They have some kind of pretty elaborate plan for the future, but that will not be within our purview at all. There is a limit to the contribution 106 that goes to this school and that will be the end of our contribution to their funding.

“So how they fund future developments will be up to them to find out because we have firmly said that will be the end of our contribution.”

Cllr Lizzy Bowen asked why a new office space for teachers was being built in the first phase of the construction program.

She said, “Why would you put this above all the other requirements when they are in desperate need of space?” It’s not the staff who need the space, it’s the children. So why did they prioritize this first? “

Cllr Baker responded, “They have prioritized this because they currently have staff space in the rest of the buildings they currently have and want to integrate that for the youth space.

“The staff therefore have to move from there to move into new accommodation. Not because they have priority, but because it better suits the space that staff currently have within the school for use by the students. “

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