Sawtry school in line for £2 million boost

Exterior of Sawtry Community College EMN-141126-130056009
Exterior of Sawtry Community College EMN-141126-130056009
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A Sawtry school is in line for a £2 million boost to renovate its buildings.

Councillors at Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children and Young People committee will meet on Tuesday (December 5) to discuss a proposal for a £2million contribution towards the redevelopment of Sawtry Village Academy to address serious health, safety and wellbeing issues resulting from the poor condition of the school buildings.

Councillors will also decide whether to give further support the academy’s petition to the Department for Education and Education and Skills Funding Agency seeking permission to improve the condition of existing school buildings and build a new teaching block at the same time

Local authorities are not funded to address the condition of academy school buildings but we do have a responsibility for the health, safety and wellbeing of all children in the county. In this case serious failings in school leadership contributed in a major way to the poor condition of the school’s buildings, which is unacceptable.

The council’s proposed investment would represents a significant contribution towards addressing the urgent need to improve the school accommodation in what are exceptional circumstances.

Earlier this year James Stewart, the former head of Sawtry Community College - which has since been renamed Sawtry Village Academy - was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to fraud.

Huntingdon Crown Court heard Stewart had swindled thousands from the school during his time at the school - while important repair work was not carried out.