Review to be held over £60m La Mare de Carteret plans

The States will carry out an independent review into plans for the redevelopment of La Mare de Carteret schools. The Education Department warned the review could mean a delay.

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Delays for La Mare rebuild

The States will carry out an independent review into plans for the redevelopment of La Mare De Carteret schools.

The Education Department warned the review could mean a delay.

Even if the programme is only held up by a matter of weeks, Education believe it may have to shift the entire rebuild to the following school year.

The department had hoped to have the new school ready to take students by 2017.

But the States were concerned the current plans were too expensive, and included more capacity for students than would be needed.

Having agreed to the review, which was put forward as an amendment, deputies still need to cast a final vote approving the rebuild pending that review.

The independent review will assess if the rebuild plans offer value for money and a report will return to the States in February next year.

La Mare de Carteret school to learn fate today

Students and teachers at La Mare de Carteret will find out today if their school will undergo redevelopment.

Guernsey States have been debating the proposed £60m rebuild and should decide today if they think the project is value for money.

As the States began their debate yesterday more than 400 letters from pupils at the school were handed to the politicians to urge them to give the redevelopment the go-ahead.

The new plans include a club-level competition indoor sports hall and a new centre for autism support service on the island, along with the new school facilities.

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School children hand over letters to politicians

Every pupil from Guernsey's La Mare De Carteret School has written a letter to try and convince deputies a redevelopment is needed.

This morning they were handed to the politicians who are deciding whether or not to spend almost £60 million on a rebuild.

In the letters children described the difficult learning conditions, complaining about the ceilings and the smell of damp in the classrooms.

Children write to politicians asking for new school

One student has drawn a picture of the old and new La Mare de Carteret schools, asking Guernsey politicians for some storage in the new building and "maybe some lockers... and our own tables."

Funding for £60m rebuild of La Mare school to be debated tomorrow

Guernsey States are set to debate whether to approve funding for the redevelopment of the La Mare de Carteret High School and La Mare de Carteret Primary School at its meeting tomorrow.

The two schools cater for more than 1,000 children aged between 4-16 years old.

The new plans include a club-level competition indoor sports hall and a new centre for autism support service on the island, along with the new school facilities.

The state of the current facilities at the school have been bemoaned by those that use them, with current Year 10 student Megan Lumb saying they deserve better:

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