12th Jul 2022

School Rebuilding Programme

Press Release

St Mark’s West Essex Catholic School prioritised for the government’s flagship School Rebuilding Programme

  • St Mark’s to have one or more of its buildings replaced or refurbished.
  • New buildings will be energy efficient designs with high sustainability standards, and will be net zero in operation offering excellent facilities. Transforming the learning environment and supporting teachers to deliver a high-quality education, so that pupils gain the knowledge, skills and qualifications they need to succeed.
  • School and local community to be prioritised throughout the process

St Mark’s West Essex Catholic School has today 12 July 2022 been named as one of the schools prioritised for the School Rebuilding Programme. The Department for Education will start a project to replace or refurbish one or more buildings at the school, as appropriate, setting the school up for high educational standards for all its pupils for decades to come.

As a school we will work with the Department for Education to agree the educational design of the project and the timeframe for delivery. Over the course of the work, we will ensure that pupils’ learning will not be affected. Currently the programme will focus on rebuilding our Technology Block.

As a school, we are absolutely delighted to be given this opportunity to enhance and update our environment to support the amazing work of our pupils and staff.

Across the School Rebuilding Programme, the rebuilds and refurbishments will create modern education environments, providing new facilities from classrooms and science labs, to sports halls and dining rooms.

The new school buildings will also be net-zero carbon in operation, helping meet the government’s net zero target.

The programme is due to deliver 500 rebuilding projects over the next decade, which will benefit tens of thousands of pupils over their lifetime.

St Mark’s is part of an announcement of 61 new projects, including primary, secondary and special schools, levelling up opportunities across the entire country.

Education Secretary James Cleverly said:

“Our School Rebuilding Programme is already making a difference to the lives of pupils and their teachers. It is creating greener school sites that are fit for the future and that local communities can be proud of.

             “We know how important it is to have high-quality school facilities. That is why we continue to invest billions in our rebuilding programme.”

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