PART of a school roof in Poole needs replacing after a survey found a number of defects.

The council is set to give Turlin Moor Community School £200,000 to fund the work.

The school is due to convert to an academy on April 1 and become part of the Ambitions Academy Trust (AAT), which operates nine schools across Dorset. The roof replacement is needed ahead of the transition.

A condition survey was carried out on February 1, with samples of the roof taken for inspection. A report identified several defects which pose a health and safety risk and need urgent attention.

Around £50,000 will need to be spent to replace roof lights, flues and cowlings on a low-level roof of the main school building.

Surveyors also found the roof felt needs replacing within two years.

The total cost of the works required within the next five years is £400,000.

In a report, head of children, young people and learning Vicky Wales said council officers met with the AAT in February and discussed the survey report “in detail”.

Portfolio holder Cllr Mike White will make a decision whether to make a £200,000 contribution to the roof replacement costs tomorrow.

The funds will be allocated from the Education Capital Maintenance Contingency Fund. Turlin Moor Community School is currently one of four schools which can receive funding from the council for maintenance projects.

Works are planned or taking place at Poole High School, Winchelsea Special School, and Hillbourne Primary School.

The roof replacement project at Turlin Moor Community School will be managed by the AAT, with the council’s funding contribution to be paid to the trust retrospectively once the work has been completed.