Worcester MP Robin Walker has welcomed the announcement of investment and expansion at Regency High School as part of the Government’s £466 million Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) which is set to fund 1,435 projects across 1,184 academies and sixth-form colleges across the country.
The successful bid is expected to be in the region of £1 million and will be used to build four new classrooms to help ease capacity issues and meet the expected sharp rise in demand over the coming years.
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.
Nunnery Wood High School, St Clement’s CofE Primary and Northwick Manor Primary School will also receive funding having submitted successful bids, though more schools set to benefit from the scheme next year.
Nunnery Wood High School were successful in their bid for funding to replace windows at the school, while Northwick Manor Primary is to receive funding to improve fencing around the school site and remove asbestos. St Clement’s CofE Primary is due to receive funds to improve fire safety features.
Commenting on the announcement, Robin said:
“I am delighted to see these bids have been successful. The Condition Improvement Fund helps to ensure that children across the country can enjoy good quality school and college buildings that are safe and fit for learning.”
“In particular, I would like to congratulate Regency High School for their success in receiving funding for a four classroom extension. Worcester is lucky to have such a special school where young people with disabilities and learning difficulties can get targeted support and a wide ranging education.”
“Over the years as MP I have visited Regency on a number of occasions and I have always been impressed with the learning and care going on there but I have also noted how demand for its services has been rising. With rising numbers of applications from families whose children would benefit from Regency’s specialised services, I was keen to back their bid for expansion.”
“In recent years the CIF has also contributed to Worcester Sixth Form College’s state of the art Science Centre, opened in 2014.”
“Alongside the recent announcement that £4 million has been allocated to Worcester for a new Further Education Engineering Campus in the city, this really shows the Government’s commitment to investing in world-class education, training and skills for our young people.”
Notes to editors
Full details of the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) allocations can be found at:
For Robin’s statement following the investment in Worcester’s Engineering Campus, please see:
For Robin’s 2013 speech calling for increased capital funding for Further Education in Worcester, please see: