We need action not words from the Government to rebuild Leeds schools - the YEP says

Help us rebuild our crumbling schools.

By Yorkshire Evening Post
Thursday, 2nd July 2020, 6:00 am
Education chiefs in Leeds warn they face a repairs backlog of around 100m to fix our citys schools.
Education chiefs in Leeds warn they face a repairs backlog of around 100m to fix our citys schools.

That is the warning to the Government today as education chiefs in Leeds warn they face a repairs backlog of around £100m to fix our city’s schools.

The open letter from Coun Jonathan Pryor, executive member for education, claims that Wetherby High and Royds High need more than £40m between them for rebuilds alone.

We are at a crossroads where there is the real threat that some schools could be forced to close their doors on health and safety grounds.

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And that simply cannot be afforded to happen.

The stark warning comes following the Government’s 10-year plan to spend £1 billion rebuilding 50 of the UK’s schools.

Our city needs action, not words.

We need to be assured that the Government is listening - the education of our city’s children is at stake.

Our young minds deserve the very best start to life and Leeds prides itself on being a child friendly city.

And the very least is our pupils deserve is to be taught in buildings that are fit for purpose.