Nearly £4.6m invested in improving and maintaining schools in North Lincolnshire

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North Lincolnshire Council is set to invest nearly £4.6m in to schools across North Lincolnshire this year (2016/17) to meet the increasing demand of school places and to maintain the buildings.

The investment will increase the supply of school places, and repair and maintain existing school buildings to make sure they provide the best possible environment for children and young people. Keeping schools maintained prevents unnecessary school closures and loss of school days.

This year the council is contributing £645,793 towards the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) to build new schools for Crosby Primary School, Burton-upon-Stather Primary School, Baysgarth School and The Grange Primary School. All of these schemes started in 2015.

The Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) projects are funded by the government with the council providing additional funding to enhance the schemes, which includes providing new schools and demolishing existing school buildings.

£1.8m major refurbishment work will be carried out on Sir John Nelthorpe School, Frodingham Infants School, Enderby Road Infant School, Frederick Gough School, Bottesford Infants School, Scunthorpe CofE Primary School and Althorpe and Keadby Primary School to make them fit for purpose. This will include everything from electrical maintenance and new roofs to installing new boilers.

Around £1.1m has been allocated to increase capacity in schools across North Lincolnshire, including £330,000 for Barton St Peter’s CofE Primary School and £400,000 for Berkeley Primary School.

Alkborough Primary School will receive £80,000 to refurbish the original building.

New Holland CofE and Methodist Primary will receive over £300,000. The scheme will consist of removing the two existing temporary buildings that are currently used by the school and replace them with a new classroom and group room which will be linked to the existing school. Work is due to start in June 2016 and be completed by January 2017.

Further maintenance working costing over £790,000 will be carried out at the following schools:

  • Berkeley Infants School
  • Bottesford Junior School
  • John Harrison Primary School
  • Killingholme Primary School
  • Wrawby St Mary’s CE Primary School
  • Winterton Junior School
  • Killingholme Primary School
  • Winterton CoFE Infants Schools
  • Winterton Junior School
  • Kirton-in-Lindsey Primary School

All of this investment will ensure that schools in North Lincolnshire are fit for the future and provide high quality facilities and resources for children and young people to learn to the best of their ability.

Cllr Rob Waltham, Deputy Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:

Ensuring our schools in North Lincolnshire are fit for purpose is a top priority for us. Even when times are hard, we are still able to prioritise school buildings as we recognise children and young people are our future, so it is only right that they are given the best opportunities and have top-class learning environments.

Year-on-year we are seeing the demand for school places increasing, therefore we have set aside funding to ensure that we can meet this demand. We have already seen many additional classrooms added to our schools, which we are going to see more of.

This huge investment of £4.2m for our schools this year will make a massive difference. It will see continual maintenance work carried out, and new classrooms and schools built to ensure schools are fit for purpose.

Over the past few years we have been replacing temporary school buildings with permanent classrooms. It is not suitable for children and young people to be working in a temporary environment. All schools should have the facilities they need in order to educate their pupils effectively, which this funding will provide.

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