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.
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.