School will move to the south under new plansBy Alice Murphy
December 04, 2008
One of the borough’s secondary schools will have to move to Arborfield as part of a proposed blueprint for future homes and infrastructure.
At the time of going to press, Wokingham Borough Council had not revealed which school could be relocated under its core strategy, which sets out where development will take place over the next 20 years.
The news comes after the council’s executive committee agreed to express an interest in bidding for £80 million funding from the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Government grant scheme last Thursday.
If an application is successful, this money could be used to rebuild or refurbish four priority schools before a bid for another grant, of up to £100 million, for the remaining four secondary schools.
The £80 million grant would be used to rebuild a group of priority schools, provisionally Bulmershe School in Chequers Way, Woodley, The Emmbrook School in Emmbrook Road, The Forest School in Robin Hood Lane, Winnersh and Southfield School in Gipsy Lane, Wokingham, although this list could change.
Although no firm plans have been made as to which school would move, both the headteacher of The Emmbrook School and council leader Cllr David Lee said in October the school [Emmbrook] would have to move if it were to be rebuilt.
- More in this week's Wokingham Times.