Copland and Alperton schools

A multi-million investment programme for Copland and Alperton community schools has been given the go ahead.

Our application to the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP), the Department for Education's privately financed scheme for schools that are in the worst condition nationally, was granted in May 2012.

It is estimated that it will cost around £18 and £17 million respectively to rebuild Copland and Alperton.

When making the application, we had to prioritise school buildings in Brent that are most in need. Only those in the worst condition - which had not received any major investment in the last 15 years - with sufficient long-term pupil demand, were eligible for the programme.

Both Copland and Alperton schools were built in the 1950s and 1960s and are rapidly deteriorating due to their age and condition.

Existing classroom provision is not suitable for modern teaching and learning and the sites and buildings are not currently fully accessible for pupils with physical disabilities.