Welsh school buildings in ‘deplorable’ state, head teacher claims

The BBC is reporting that a head teacher claims the Welsh Government is not doing enough to address  a generation of school buildings which have leaking roofs, poor windows and cold cramped classrooms.

Jon Wilson said he has asked for 13 years for “deplorable” buildings at his own school in Newport to be revamped.

The Welsh government said it has invested £1.4bn across Wales.

But Dr Philip Dixon of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers said double that figure is needed.

Mr Wilson, from Duffryn High School, said the Welsh government’s investment under the 21st Century Schools programme “hasn’t worked” for his school…

“I think there’s a whole generation of schools and education out there that are very very close to that picture,” he said.

“Like many things in Wales, [21st Century Schools programme] good in concept, relatively poor in execution; just not enough of it going on to produce the facilities that our children deserve.”

He added: “I’ve been to see some fabulous new schools around Wales, but there’s all too few of them.

“I think the reality is closer to where we are with our deplorable buildings, than to the very, very small number of new schools.”

…Speaking to BBC Radio Wales’ Good Morning Wales programme, he said in the early years of devolution, the Welsh government had “chronically under spent” and now “the chickens are coming home to roost”.

Dr Dixon called on the Welsh government and local authorities to stop playing “ping pong” over who is to blame and said double the £1.4bn needs to be spent, with some schools “pulled down” and work starting again…

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  1. northernteacher

    Same story all over Wales.  Some fabulous brand new schools, but far too many of the old buildings have leaking roofs, metal framed windows and dilapidated floors, walls and furniture.  Maybe building fewer new schools and spending the money on what we’ve already got is the answer?

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