Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Refurbishment is not enough for Pimlico. . .

  • Comment

I would like to set the record straight on Pimlico School following your article, 'Schools out for Ellis Williams as governors reject PFI plans' (AJ 30.11.00).

Westminster City Council's view is that refurbishment would not be the best solution for tackling the serious building problems at Pimlico School.

An independent evaluation concluded that the new build option provided the best solution.

Refurbishment was seen as less effective in meeting the needs of future education and had greater risks. Refurbishment would not be significantly cheaper in terms of capital cost.

The decision made by the governing body means that there is a loss of the funding to go ahead with providing a new building for the school. The council will not be considering any other long-term options until we look at secondary school places overall.

If there is uncertainty for the school in the meantime it is because the governing body, in the face of an independent report, rejected the option which would have tackled the building problems of the school.

John Harris, director of education, City of Westminster

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.