Picture Above – Stephen Kings CEO Bay Education Trust, Mark Smith Head of PCSA, Gavin Jones Chair of Board – Bay Education Trust, Jason Trevarthen Deputy Headteacher, Jeana Johnson Board Director and PCSA Students who have contributed to the project.
The Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) is an annual bidding round to which some academies and colleges can apply for capital funding. The core priority for CIF is to support the improvement of school buildings. CIF also supports a small proportion of expansion projects, these are for Ofsted-rated good or outstanding academies that need to expand their existing facilities and/or floor space.
Stephen Kings, Chief Executive Officer said: “The Bay Education Trust which consists of Paignton Community and Sports Academy(PCSA), Curledge Street Academy and Kings Ash Academy is a relatively new multi academy trust committed to improving the life chances of the over 2,000 children at its three schools. It has been accepted for many years that the facilities at PCSA have needed upgrading and the Board and senior management have been working tirelessly with our local partners to persuade the government of the need to improve and develop our premises. This has now been reflected in the award of a grant of over £4million to renovate existing classrooms and build new state of the art buildings that will transform both the lower school site at Waterleat Road and the upper school site at Borough Road. We expect all the work to be completed by the summer of 2019. It is truly wonderful news for the young people of our school community.”
Mark Smith, Head of School said: “I have been at the Academy since 1986 and this has to be the best news I have ever received – it will give the students both now and in the ensuing years access to state of the art facilities. We would like to acknowledge all the work that Jason Trevarthen has done on these bids and the Academy would like to thank the numerous individuals and organisations that have supported the projects including MPs Kevin Foster and Sarah Wollaston, Torbay Council and many of our Councillors, Claire Talbot and TDA, Patrick O’Connor, Malcom Davison, Staff, Parents and Pupils.”
Jason Trevarthen, Deputy Head of School said: “This is tremendous news for BET and the Academy; these projects when complete, will significantly enhance provision at PCSA and ensure all our young people continue to receive the highest quality educational experience. The projects will see replacement of older buildings on the Borough Road site and improvement to the main teaching block at Waterleat Road.”