£13m facelift for Whitcliffe

Year 8 Whitcliffe Mount students celebrating the news that the school has been allocated funds through the government's Priority Schools Building Project.
Year 8 Whitcliffe Mount students celebrating the news that the school has been allocated funds through the government's Priority Schools Building Project.
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WHITCLIFFE Mount Business College is to benefit from a multi-million pound facelift.

The Cleckheaton school has secured funding of up to £13m to remodel and refurbish the buildings, under the government’s Priority Building School Programme.

Headteacher John McGee said: “This is brilliant news and will enable the school to provide high quality, appropriate and up-to-date facilities for all its students.

“Bricks and mortar don’t, on their own, make a good school. With our exam results rising rapidly over the last five years we have demonstrated that the key drivers for success are well motivated students, supportive parents and a high quality teaching team.

“However, students and staff deserve the best possible learning environment and this building programme will enable us to provide this.”

The school missed out on major funding when Building Schools for the Future was axed by the Coalition government in 2010.

“We were heartbroken when it was scrapped and unfortunately this coincided with a massive cutback in all public spending across the country, resulting in our maintenance budget being cut by 80 per cent,” added Mr McGee.

“Therefore, this is fabulous news for the school and the Department for Education wants to get on and implement the programme as quickly as possible.

“It will also enable us to modernise a lot of specialist facilities in areas like science and technology. It will lift the spirit of the school and play a key part in moving Whitcliffe Mount from its ‘good and improving’ Ofsted category into outstanding. And that’s where we want to be for all children in this community.”