Schools granted cash for repairs

Funding for school improvements and repairs.

Funding for school improvements and repairs. - Credit: Archant

Grants have been awarded to four schools in North Somerset to enable them to carry out vital building work to benefit pupils.

Gordano School in Portishead, Clevedon School, Kingshill Church School in Nailsea and Yeo Moor Primary School in Clevedon have been given the money from the Government’s condition improvement fund (CIF).

Gordano School has been given a grant to update its science lab and Kingshill Church School will use the cash to carry out essential re-roofing work.

Clevedon School will receive £138,748 for replacement windows in the design and technology block and Yeo Moor Primary School has been granted £28,956 for a new hall floor.

John Wells, executive headteacher for Clevedon Learning Trust, said: “It’s great news we’ve had some success with the grants because they are getting harder and harder to get. We need to wait for the grants to be awarded, but we will start work as soon as possible.

“The grants are for replacement and improvement. The hall floor will be replaced at Yeo Moor and the design and technology block is ageing and hasn’t been replaced in a long time.”

Grants have been awarded to 137 academies and sixth form colleges across the South West to enable them to carry out vital building work.

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The £54.3million will go towards building improvements and expansion projects allowing schools to upgrade their facilities and provide extra places where needed.

Ensuring all children have access to the best possible schools and facilities is part of the Government’s commitment to spread ‘educational excellence’ as outlined in the education white paper last month.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said: “Every child should be taught in surroundings which allow them to fulfil their potential, and we have made significant investments in school buildings to ensure this happens. The latest funding from the condition improvement fund will help us to build on our progress, so that even more pupils and teachers have access to safe, high-quality classrooms.”

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