Priority School Building Programme


“The largest investment in our school site in over 70 years”


About the Programme:


The £4.4 billion Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) is rebuilding and refurbishing school buildings in the worst condition across the country.

“The Government is targeting investment more effectively than ever before, basing investment decisions on the most comprehensive picture of the needs of the school estate. In doing so, we are maximising the impact of every pound of taxpayer’s money.”


There are two phases of the programme covering a total of 537 schools. Under the first phase, PSBP1, 260 schools are being rebuilt and/or refurbished: 214 through capital grant and 46 using private finance. The first school opened in April 2014 and the vast majority of others will be open by the end of 2017, two years earlier than originally announced.

Under the second phase, PSBP2, individual blocks at 277 schools will be rebuilt and refurbished using capital grant. By focussing on individual school buildings rather than just whole schools, we will maximise the impact of our investment, helping funding go further to help the schools in most need.




The EFSA plans for all PSBP2 schools to open their new or refurbished buildings by the end of 2021




Following a successful bid to the Government in 2014, Colmers will replace West Block with a brand new building during the next 2 years.



Construction of our West Block building started in the 1940’s and was postponed during World War 2. It was finally completed around 1946/1947 and opened to new pupils.  The building whilst still warm and safe has seen better days and was identified for replacement or refurbishment under the PSBP project.

Further work has been undertaken with the Education & Skills Funding Agency during 2017 and we are pleased to be planning towards the start of rebuild works during late 2018.

With our school site being quite restricted, there are not many choices of location to situate the new building, and so we expect that it will (subject to planning permission) be located either on our Red Zone playground, or front car park.



Where will the new building go?

We expect that the new building will be erected whilst pupils continue to use the old one to ensure that the costs of the project are kept to a minimum and of course, we will expect to create a new car park and playground area in the space freed up once demolition of the old building is completed.


When will pupils be taught in the new building?

Current expectations lead us to believe that pupils will be in the new building from September 2019


What will be included in the new building?

Provisional Schedule of Accommodation

Work with the EFSA during 2017 has enabled us to develop a revised list of the room types that will be included in the new building to best meet the modern needs and demands of our school. These are listed below:

Teaching Rooms

Room Type Quantity Size per Room
General Classroom 4 55m2
Extensive Classroom 7 62m2
ICT Rich Classroom 3 62m2
General Art Room 2 83m2
3D Art Room 1 97m2
Music Classroom 2 62m2
Drama Studio 1 90m2
Fitness Studio 1 69m2
6th Form Study Room 1 44m2
Kiln Room 1 4m2
Music Practice Rooms 5 8m2
Extensive Practice Room 1 16m2
Recording Studio 1 8m2
Teaching Stores 11 5m2 (average)


Non-Teaching Rooms

Room Typef Quantity Size per Room
1 Person Office 2 7m2
ICT Technician Office 1 11m2
Premises Office 1 11m2
Cleaners Store 2 1.5m2
Pupil Toilet Suites 2 32.5m2
Accessible Toilet 1 3.5m2
Staff Toilet Suite 1 6.5m2
IT Server Room 1 12m2
Plant Room 1 31m2


We also hope to expand this provision further with additional funding for the following:

Room Type Quantity Size per Room
School Hall 1 229m2
Science Labs 2 83m2
Pupil Toilets TBC  


Are there opportunities to get involved?

Yes – we are hoping to work with a group of students or the school council to inform our planning with this project and include opportunities to document the building progress on our website, social media, and even utilise a drone to record aerial footage as the building takes shape. Keep checking this page for further updates as the project develops.