‘DECAYED’ school buildings are in line for a raft of repair works amounting to almost £4m.

Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed works at 22 schools in the coming year, setting aside a budget of £3.96m.

Almost all of the tasks are to either replace felt or flat roofing, or replace or fix boilers.

According to a report prepared for the council’s education scrutiny committee, Church Cowley St James CE Primary School in Oxford is due for £210,000 of repairs to a ‘decayed felt roof.’

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George Eleftheriou, the council’s director for property investment and community facility management, wrote in the report: “Mainly external design resources are being utilised to undertake design and management of some projects.

“We anticipate to be moving more towards a more self-delivery type of model in the near future, [upon] implementation of our permanent delivery model and overall long-term strategy in terms of resourcing.

“The team continue to make considerable progress in the delivery of the projects since the ratification of the programme.”

The most expensive project budgeted for is at The Warriner School in Bloxham, which needs £820,000 worth of gas pipe replacement work.

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According to the report, workers are due on site in October.

Seven of the planned works have been carried over from the last financial year, including The Warriner, with all six others already in progress.

St Andrews CE Primary School in Chinnor is finally getting £415,000 of long-awaited work to replace its flat roof, while slightly less costly roof works are also being delivered at Harwell, Uffington, Kingham and Ducklington primary schools.

The county council receives funding from the Government especially to maintain school buildings, but has not yet clarified if the cash will cover it all.

There was no mention in the report of repairs at Faringdon Junior School, which has been awaiting works since a teaching block was deemed unsafe almost two years ago.

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Last year parents spoke to the Oxford Mail of their concerns after the block remained cordoned off, with Year 6 pupils moved to a ‘mobile classroom village.'

A newsletter sent from the headteacher to parents in May said: "I still have no further news on the fate of the classroom block, but I can inform parents that from

September, the infant school will be moving back onto their site.

"This means that the mobile classrooms will no longer be needed and we will regain our playground space.

"Our pupils have spent two years with very limited play space and the staff have been unable to run curriculum games effectively.

"We have also had limited access to toilet and washing facilities."

See the full list of 22 schools here.