Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is celebrating the news that Russell Scott Primary School will receive funding as part of the Government’s School Rebuilding Programme.
Russell Scott Primary in Denton was the subject of a botched refurbishment by the collapsed construction giant Carillion. As a result of the poor-quality building work, the school was left with a number of structural defects, and a series of problems including sporadic flooding, raw sewage leaks, faulty fire doors and more.
Gwynne has been campaigning for the school to receive emergency funding for a rebuild for several years. He has repeatedly met Ministers, asked questions in the House of Commons, and even secured a debate in Parliamentary time to discuss the schools plight.
The announcement that Russell Scott has been granted funding for rebuilding was made on Friday morning.
Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:
“This has been a long, arduous and at times frustrating process. However, I’m utterly delighted that the Government has finally listened to the concerns of myself and the staff at Russell Scott and granted this funding.
I’ll continue to work to ensure that the children at Russell Scott benefit from a safe and secure learning environment.
I’d also like to pay tribute to the dedication of Russell Scott’s head teacher, Steve Marsland. Steve’s has tirelessly fought for the children of Russell Scott, and this victory is testament to his hard work.”
In a statement Steve Marsland, Head of Russell Scott Primary School, said:
“This is the best Christmas present we could have dreamed of! It’s been a long 8 years coming but it’s the most fantastic news the community of Russell Scott Primary School could have wished for.
“I must thank the new Secretary of State for Education Gillian Keegan for eventually recognising the overwhelming difficulties that the School community has endured over all these years and prioritising the rebuilding of Russell Scott.
“The problems started on day one of the £2.4m remodelling in 2015 by Carillion that now requires a rebuild. Carillion and those who supported their position, and failed the school before they went into liquidation in 2017, should be ashamed of themselves that a school’s cry for help under severe and extreme difficulties should go unheard and unheeded.
“Our Denton town moto is ‘Persevere’ and in that regard Andrew Gwynne our MP has been both resolute and demanding in his support of the school and the children. His voice has been loud and his strength of purpose appreciated in what had been unprecedented times for our school and its community.
“A big shout out to Kate MacNeil from MAC Architects for her support, skill and attention to detail from beginning to end in compiling the reports needed for such a positive outcome.
“A bright future awaits Russell Scott with opportunities for our children that we could only have dreamt about before this announcement and we aim to fulfil those dreams.