UK government did not carry out detailed surveys before it bought free schools sites
News / Sun 10th Sep 2023 at 07:39am
THE government failed to carry out detailed surveys that would reveal problems such as asbestos and unstable concrete before buying up sites for its flagship free schools, an Observer investigation has found reports The Guardian.
The full article can be found below.
The following paragraph from the Guardian shows the Tories total incompetence: "This led to some refurbishments (of free school sites) running millions of pounds over budget while thousands of other state schools struggled with leaking, decaying buildings in urgent need of repair following the government’s axing of the Building Schools for the Future programme in 2010. One of the most egregious examples is the purchase of a derelict Royal Mail sorting office to house England’s largest free school, Northampton International Academy. Its lengthy refurbishment cost over £40m because it was beset with so many problems. A report in 2017 concluded that there had been “insufficient survey work” before building started."
Despite spending £40million on the Northampton International Academy, it was recently named amongst the 147 schools to have Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC). It was forced to close the top floor of its main building, including 18 classrooms.