Worcester MP Robin Walker has welcomed over £450 million in extra funding from the Government to upgrade school buildings across the country, including projects at four schools across Worcester.
859 academies, sixth-form colleges and voluntary aided schools will receive a share of £456 million from the Condition Improvement Fund, with over 1,000 projects selected.
This new investment will upgrade and improve school and college facilities, providing pupils with safer and warmer classrooms, and more energy efficient school buildings.
The Government announced £1.8 billion of capital funding for the financial year 2023-24 to improve the condition of school buildings – including £1.1 billion for local authorities, large multi-academy trusts and voluntary aided bodies.
The announcement follows on from the 239 new school buildings confirmed in December as part of the Schools Rebuilding Programme, with 400 out of 500 schools and sixth form colleges now selected for rebuilds through the ten-year programme.
Commenting, Robin said:
“Today’s investment from the Government ensures that that British pupils have a safe, well-maintained, and high-quality facilities in which they can benefit from our world-class education.
“That is why I welcome the news that the Government is investing an additional £456 million into our school buildings across the country, delivering over 1,000 building improvement projects, including at four schools in Worcester.
“Last week, I was pleased to share the news that England was ranked 4th in the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 2023. This accolade represents the excellent results of Government investment in our children’s education and shows that we must continue to ensure as many children as possible have the facilities to learn in”
Commenting, Minister for the School System, Baroness Diana Barran MBE said:
“Our Condition Improvement Fund has already completed over ten thousand projects, making a difference to pupils and teachers across the country. These projects help to create safer learning environments that make a difference to the quality of education for pupils.
“It’s hugely important that every school has access to high-quality learning facilities and these funding allocations will make sure that responsible bodies can start to plan ahead and get projects started to replace roofs, boilers and windows – so pupils and teachers can learn and work in a comfortable space.”