THE NEW high school planned for the borough has been scrapped after the coalition government pulled its funding.
The new high school was to be built on the Old GlaxoSmithKline Lesiure Club, in Oldfield lane North, Greenford, which the council bought off the pharmaceutical company last summer.
And another 17 secondary schools in Ealing were to be overhauled with major refurbishment work, 15 of them receiving new computer equipment.
All work would have been completed by 2014, but Education secretary Michael Gove pulled the plug on the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme yesterday.
Ealing will no longer see the promised £300m investment, £12m of it coming from schools and the council.
Mr Gove said the cuts were necessary given the economic climate and education funding had to be prioritised towards teachers rather than bureaucratic capital spending.
But Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers the largest teachers' union, said: "Michael Gove uses arguments against bureaucracy as a cover for massively reducing the BSF programme.
"Of course, there are always better ways of achieving major building projects but there is no excuse for leaving schools which were promised new buildings swinging in the wind.
"We are in real danger of returning to the crumbling inadequate schools that were a signature of the last Tory Government."
Only two high schools have a chance of the planned work still going ahead. Cardinal Wiseman, in Greenford, which was to be remodelled with an extension, and Dormers Wells, in Southall, which was to be completely rebuilt. They were 'sample schools' chosen to spearhead the developments. The Department of Education will decide in the next few weeks whether to allow the plans, which have already been drawn up in detail, to go ahead.
Mr Gove added: "In the light of the public finances, it would have been irresponsible to carry on regardless with an inflexible and needlessly complex programme.
"Our first priority is raising the attainment of the poorest by investing in great teaching."
The cash injection for Ealing's schools was part of a national BSF scheme, to be carried out over 15 to 20 years and cost about ?45bn.
The Gazette is awaiting a response from the council.