Local MP Kevin Foster recently visited Paignton Community and Sports Academy. The staff are doing fantastic work with their students, but pointed out to Kevin during his visit that some of the facilities in the Academy now date back 50-60 years, and are in need of modernisation.
Kevin immediately followed this up with a letter to the Department for Education, and yesterday raised this issue during Education Questions with the Secretary of State, Rt Hon. Justine Greening MP. She has promised Kevin a face-to-face meeting to discuss the Academy and its facilities in the near future, either with herself or her deputy, Schools Minister Nick Gibb MP.
Kevin’s team will be following this up to arrange an urgent appointment this week, and Kevin will provide the Head at the Academy and his constituents with an update, once the meeting has taken place.
Kevin’s question in Parliament yesterday is detailed below in Hansard
The Secretary of State will be aware that Paignton Community and Sports Academy does great work for my constituents and those of my hon. Friend the Member for Totnes (Dr Wollaston). However, it is hampered by the fact that some of its buildings are from the 1940s. Will the Secretary of State meet me to discuss how we can deal with those old buildings?
Either the Schools Minister or I will be very happy to meet my hon. Friend to discuss that.