Funding success for local secondary school as £220,000 grant to repair windows announced

Robin Walker, MP for Worcester, has welcomed the announcement of just under £220,000 in vital government funding to repair windows at Christopher Whitehead Language College in St John’s.

The grant, from the Government’s Condition Improvement Fund (CIF), was awarded on appeal after Christopher Whitehead were unfortunately unsuccessful in the annual building improvement bidding process. CWLC Headteacher Neil Morris contacted Robin, who then made representations to Ministers at the Department for Education, and after a resubmitted bid the funding was granted.

The funding will mean that windows at the school’s art block which are currently in a state of disrepair will be able to be replaced, with Mr Morris stating that this will “bring much-needed safety to students and teachers.”

The news came after other schools in the city had successful bids approved earlier in the year, including; Bishop Perowne CofE College, who also received funding to repair windows; Nunnery Wood High School, who received funding for a boiler room project; Hollymount School, who will be able to fund site security improvements; and Carnforth School, who received funding for an outdoor play area.

CIF is an annual bidding round for academies and sixth-form colleges to apply for capital funding. The core priority is to address significant condition need, keeping buildings safe and in good working order. CIF also supports a small amount of expansion projects for those rated by Ofsted as good or outstanding. This includes expanding their existing facilities or floor space. This is to increase the number of admissions in the main year of entry or address overcrowding.

As in previous rounds, the fund was heavily oversubscribed so only those projects which demonstrated a high project need and aligned with CIF priorities have been able to be funded.  

Commenting on the announcement, Robin said:

“I was very keen to support Christopher Whitehead’s appeal bid – having visited the site and seen the disrepair for myself I made it a priority to impress upon Education Ministers the urgent need for this funding to be approved, and I am enormously glad that it now has been.”

“The Condition Improvement Fund offers a fantastic opportunity for schools to fund major building and repair projects, and every year I am keen to support any local bids that schools submit. This year saw five Worcester schools succeed in their bids, up from four the previous year.”

“I want to thank Neil Morris for bringing Christopher Whitehead’s case to my attention, and I am glad that I was able to support his tireless work at the school in advocating for this funding.”

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Notes to editors

For Robin’s previous statement on the CIF funding allocations, see http://www.walker4worcester.com/walker-welcomes-infrastructure-funding-for-worcester-schools/

To view the full list of successful CIF bids, see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/condition-improvement-fund-2018-to-2019-outcome