Try again for funds, says Nicky Morgan
Published on: 01 May 2015
Pictured: Chris Skidmore and Nicky Morgan with King's Oak Academy principal Ian Frost and student Maddy
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan visited King's Oak Academy in Kingswood for the “topping out” of a new £3.7 million building.
It will be the base for the first primary pupils to join in September as the academy moves towards becoming an all-through school.
It was Mrs Morgan's second visit to the school in Brook Road in 2015. On the first occasion, leaders of the Cabot Learning Federation, which runs King's Oak and other schools in east Bristol, put the case for new classrooms to replace 70-year-old “temporary” buildings which are still in use by the secondary school despite being unfit.
A few weeks later, the federation heard that its latest application for funding for these buildings had been unsuccessful.
On her latest visit, Mrs Morgan said the demand from schools under the Priority Schools Building Programme had far outstripped supply and urged the federation to apply again for the next round of funding.
She said it had been a treat to return to King's Oak at the invitation of the Conservative candidate Chris Skidmore and see progress on the expansion.
"It is lovely be able to come back to King's Oak. I saw this new primary when it was just a frame. Now it is taking shape and I have been able to hear about the vision for all-through education from three to 19 at the academy."
Asked why education had not been a prominent feature of the general election campaign, she said that while it had not been a big issue in the media it was frequently raised on the doorstep by parents and teachers.
“Education is a priority for us. It's about giving every child the best start in life. There have been a lot of changes and now we need more stability. The most important thing is that we have a stable economy – that is what the election campaign keeps coming back to,” she said.