Funding repair boost for Calderdale schools

Treasure hunt pic'The North Halifax Grammar School, Holmfield
Treasure hunt pic'The North Halifax Grammar School, Holmfield

Calderdale schools are among 78 academies and sixth-form colleges across Yorkshire which will be able to carry out vital work on their buildings thanks to funding announced by the Education Secretary .

Schools in the borough have been designated a share of £24.8 million government funding earmarked for building improvements and school expansion projects, allowing schools to upgrade their facilities and create extra places where this is most needed.

The schools to benefit include Greetland Academy, North Halifax Grammar School, Beech Hill Junior and Infant School, Old Earth Primary School, Bradshaw Primary School, Field Lane Primary School, St John’s Primary School in Rishworth, Crossley Heath School and Sacred Heart Catholic Voluntary Academy.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said that ensuring all children have access to the best possible schools and facilities is part of the Government’s commitment to spreading educational excellence everywhere – a commitment which was underlined by the publication of the Education White Paper.

As agreed with Ministers, the highest Condition Improvement Fund priorities this year are compliance and health and safety, followed by projects which address the most significant building condition issues.

Nicky Morgan MP 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.”

The funding comes from the Government’s Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) for 2016/17.

Applications to the CIF were invited from academies and sixth form colleges in the autumn, with bids due in before Christmas.

Just over 3,500 applications were received this year.

The Government will invest £23bn in the school estate between 2016 and 2021, following almost £18 billion of investment in school buildings by the previous Government between 2011 and 2015.

According to ministers The Education White Paper sets out radical new proposals which will transform England’s schools and ensure that every child, irrespective of their background, has the chance to unlock their potential.