HC Deb 21 May 2004 vol 421 cc1242-3W
Helen Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much capital money has been allocated to schools in Warrington, North in each year since 1997. [174659]

Mr. Miliband

Since 2001 the majority of capital support has been allocated to schools and local education authorities by formula, and they decide how to invest it in line with their asset management plans. The Department does not, therefore, have complete information about capital investment at constituency level. This should be held at local authority level. Table A sets out the capital support made by the Department to Warrington local education authority (LEA) and its schools since 1998–99, in total and by programme.

Mr. Miliband

Specialist school status is available for secondary (but not primary) maintained schools in England. Of the 259 secondary schools designated as specialist Arts Colleges, 181 are Performing Arts Colleges, providing an enhanced curriculum in music, dance and drama. Following the launch of the new Music specialism last year, the first two specialist Music Colleges (one of which is a combined Music and Mathematics and Computing College) will become operational in September 2004.

Specialist schools must spend at least a third of their specialist school funding on delivering community development plans. These plans require schools to work in close partnership and to share enhanced facilities and curriculum expertise with a minimum of five other local schools—including feeder primary schools.

In a separate initiative, in 2002, 42 primary schools were included in pilots, with subsequent evaluation by Ofsted, of models to widen opportunities for primary pupils to learn musical instruments. Earlier this year, I announced an extra £1.5 million for music services to help all authorities to develop their own models in this area.

School Name LEA Amount of BID (net cost) Purpose of Bid
The Nottingham Bluecoat School Nottingham 1,728,100 New Accommodation
Holy Trinity CE VA Primary School Calderdale 937,067 Replacement School
Akiva School Barnet 6,758,100 New VA School
Our Lady of the Visitation RC Primary School Ealing 1,012,712 Replacement Accommodation
The Avenue School Brent 3,420,000 New VA School
Hemingfield Ellis CE Primary School Barnsley 1,602,400 Replacement School
Richard Challoner School Kingston upon Thames 4,306,781 Remodelling of School
Holy Trinity School West Sussex 3,000,000 Expansion of School
Montesorri School Brighton and Hove 3,736,000 New VA School
St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary School Cheshire 1,828,444 Replacement School
Four schools—reorganisation Devon 13,236,880 Reorganisation of four Schools
St. Andrew CE Primary School Devon 1,812,000 Replacement School
Larmenier and Sacred Heart RC Primary School Hammersmith and Fulham 5,285,345 Replacement School
St. Gregory's Catholic Primary School Stoke-on-Trent 1,551,518 Extension to School
Alderman Cogan's School Kingston upon Hull 1,015,120 Alterations to Existing School
St. Bede's RC School North Lincolnshire 700,019 Independent Learning Centre
Bethany Junior School Bournemouth 1,261,171 Remodelling and Improvements
Notre Dame High School Norfolk 3,984,632 14–19 Excellence Centre
St. George's School Hertfordshire 4,124,876 Growth in Pupil Numbers
Sacred Heart RC Primary School Hillingdon 4,993,469 Growth in Pupil Numbers
Ashlands Ecumenical Primary School North Somerset 2,072,171 Growth in Pupil Numbers
St. George's Primary School North Somerset 2,072,171 Growth in Pupil Numbers
Holy Trinity Catholic School Cornwall 2,790,000 Growth in Pupil Numbers