Great news for Gosford Hill

Gosford Hill School found out this week that it will be one of 61 schools in England that will share around £1billion in funding as part of the Department for Education’s School Rebuilding Programme (SRP).

​​The SRP will see 500 schools across the country refurbished or rebuilt over the next decade. All new school buildings will be net-zero carbon in operation, helping the Government meet its net-zero target for the country.

The nature of the work that will take place at Gosford Hill and the timescale have yet to be confirmed.

Gosford Hill headteacher Nigel Sellars described the school’s inclusion on the scheme as “a landmark event in Kidlington’s history”.

He added: “I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that this could be transformative for Kidlington.

The School Rebuilding Programme was launched in 2020.

The first 100 SRP projects were announced last year, with the remaining projects set to be unveiled over the next few years.

The initial 100 projects chosen to be part of the scheme in 2021 were picked by the Government and identified based on its own data on the state of buildings.

The 61 schools unveiled this week were chosen following applications from local authorities and multi academy trusts (MATs).

Paul James, chief executive of RLT, said: “This is brilliant news for students, staff and the whole Kidlington community.

“The school has made huge strides in the last couple of years and we are committed to making sure that generations of young people in the area can attend an absolutely exceptional secondary school.

“Being part of the School Rebuilding Programme will support us in doing that.”