As the school is a grade 2 listed building, this has implications for any repairs or alterations to the outside of the building. In 2010, it was clear that the wooden windows throughout the school were in urgent need of repair or replacement.Those in the ICT room were virtually falling out and, potentially, dangerous. Indeed, the wood was so rotten on some of them, that a screwdriver could be pushed right through the frames. Initial estimates for the whole building were in the region of £300,000. For any work carried out, the Local Authority provide the majority of extra funding with the school contributing 20% from the devolved capital allocation it receives.
Phase 1 - Summer 2010
It was decided to start with the Beverley Road (West) Elevation in July 2010. Scaffolding was erected for the whole of the summer holidays. The cost for this stage of the enterprise was £50,000.
Phase 2 - Summer 2011
Following initial fears that there would not be any funding to continue the repairs, we were given the go-ahead to have the Stepney Lane (Southern) Evelation windows repaired.
Phase 3 - Summer 2012
Finally, the third year of our repairs and the end of all the work on the windows.