Funding for secondary school improvements

The maths block at Rastrick High
The maths block at Rastrick High

TWO high schools have been given a helping hand from the Education Funding Agency.

Rastrick High School has been awarded money to improve space for maths and students with physical impairments and Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High has been given funding to replace its coal fired boilers.

For years, reports have warned that the temporary wooden building where maths is taught needs replacing along with facilities for disabled students.

Headteacher Helen Lennie said: “This new building will make a huge difference to everyone at Rastrick High, enabling this key subject to be delivered in a modern, professional working environment.

“It will also link two existing areas of the school buildings to improve access and will put facilities for disabled students geographically at the centre of our school.”

Construction should start during late summer and the intention is for the building to be fully operational for September 2013.

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe has been awarded £320,000.

Executive headteacher Anthony Smith said: “Our boilers are in excess of 30 years old and produce a significant carbon footprint, which will be reduced considerably by the new BioMass boilers. The work will be completed by March 2013.”

Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker said: “I am really pleased that they have had the opportunity to apply for this funding, that wasn’t available to them before.”