Head’s plea for cash as school crumbles

THE headteacher of a dilapidated high school fears that without extra funding it could be ‘left behind’.

Susan Byles, headteacher at Mildenhall College of Technology (MCT), has made an urgent plea to several top government ministers, including David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Education Secretary Michael Gove, to provide more money to the crumbling school.

Pupils have also produced a DVD showing the school’s damaged windows, cracked paving and flat rooves covered with sitting water.

Ms Byles said the school needed funding to stop it slipping behind others in the area.

“We are consistently rated as a very good school by Ofsted and our students make excellent progress here.

“Parents come to the school and see that we are doing a wonderful job but when they see the facilities at schools in Bury St Edmunds they just seem much better.

“Forest Heath has traditionally had very low levels of funding and I am worried about us getting forgotten about again,” she said.

She also felt that the cramped surroundings were costing pupils better grades.

“If we were given investment I think our results would go up by around 20 per cent,” she said.

More than £20 million potentially being spent on nearby Thetford Academy and Breckland Middle School have only added to the college’s concerns.

In the letter, which was also signed by pupils, parents, staff and governors at the school, the funding in Brandon is referred to as ‘ironic’ as it will receive more funding in a year than MCT gets for three times as many students.

The school was built in 1976 with the intention of being rebuilt after 15 years.

Long-awaited refurbishment was due to take place under the last government’s Building Schools for the Future. But that funding was axed as part of the coalition’s cuts.