The Government has confirmed that the new Quest Academy, which replaced Selsdon High in September, will receive over £14.5 million of capital funding.
Back in July, when the Government announced that due to the financial mess it had inherited from the previous government it was cancelling the Building Schools for the Future programme, it was unclear whether the new academy would get any money despite the state of the buildings it was inheriting.
Since then, I have been lobbying behind the scenes for funding to create a school fit for the 21st Century. On 14th December, I led a delegation including Mike Fisher and Tim Pollard, the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council, and Maureen Martin and Andy Crofts, the Executive Principal and Principal of the Quest Academy, to see Lord Hill, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools.
I am delighted that our efforts have paid off. Although we have not got as much money as we would have liked, £14.5 million is a good result at a time when government budgets are extremely tight and will make a big difference to the environment pupils learn in. I am confident that with the leadership now in place coupled with this investment, the new academy will go from strength to strength. I’d also like to say a big thank you to everyone at the school and the Coloma Trust for their patience while this issue was resolved.