MP welcomes decision on school rebuild

Hannah Eade (14) and Marianne Osman (14).

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PENNY Mordaunt has welcomed news that a crumbling city school has won its bid for a complete rebuild – but says the work has to start ‘as soon as possible’.

The Portsmouth North MP says there is no time to waste for King Richard School in Paulsgrove, which has to spend £200,000 a year in maintenance costs and forked out £500,000 last year to fix major problems.

On Thursday the Department for Education announced the school had been successful in its application for £12m to erect a brand new building.

But there is no confirmation when that might happen.

Miss Mordaunt said: ‘We want this to happen as soon as possible. King Richard’s had an appalling summer last year – the cost of that really questions whether even waiting a couple of years is actually a sensible thing to do.’

Miss Mordaunt will be meeting with school leaders to confirm when they would like the work to be done.

She says she will also be writing to the department requesting more information on a possible time-scale.

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