Letter from the Director of Education
Director Education, Skills & Early Years
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Blessed John Henry Newman Roman Catholic College
As you will no doubt be aware, we continue to experience some very difficult issues with the building at
Newman College. Although some repairs have been carried out by the contractors to the atrium roof over
the summer period, this hasn’t yet resolved the issues of leaks occurring around the school site and I would
like to offer my sincere apologies for any continued disruption your child continues to experience in college.
As you may also be aware, the college was built by a large construction company under what’s known as a
Private Finance Initiative (PFI). Although the terms of any PFI contract are complex and far from
satisfactory from either the school’s or the Council’s point of view, working this way meant that the council
and the diocese could secure sufficient funds to have the school built to try and ensure Oldham children
could experience their education in a state-of-the-art learning environment.
The Head Teacher and Governors at the college do a great job of managing the school, with all the
challenges the building issues present to the safe and effective delivery of education. The ongoing issues
however make this job even more difficult and I wanted to write to reassure you that the council is working
hard with the Head and governors to get the company responsible for the building and their facilities
management contractor to fix the issues of leaks and other problems as early as possible, in line with the
terms of our contract with them.
Of course, any disruption to your child’s education is unacceptable so we are pressing the contractors to
address these serious faults with the building once and for all and will continue to work with the college to
ensure this is done as early and as well as it possibly can be.
We will keep you up to date with planned developments through college communications and will work with
all concerned to keep further disruption to an absolute minimum.
In the meantime, thank you again for your patience with these matters and for your continued and ongoing
support for Newman College, its staff and leaders.
Director, Education Skills & Early Years