WARRINGTON South MP Andy Carter has welcomed the announcement that local primary schools will benefit from funding to improve school facilities.
Warrington South has been allocated its share of the £434 million investment to expand classrooms, upgrade facilities and improve the education of children across the whole country.
Schools including Evelyn Street and Alderman Bolton Community Primary School are set to benefit from infrastructure funding. The funding will ensure schools have well-maintained facilities to provide students with safe environments that support a high-quality education. It is part of the £1.4 billion of capital funding for 2020-21 announced in April and is provided through the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF).
This comes as the Government will be progressing with a new transformative 10-year school rebuilding programme. This will be kick-started with over £1 billion for the first 50 projects in 2020-21.
Mr Carter said: “As we bounce back from the pandemic, it’s important we lay the foundations for a country where everyone has the opportunity to succeed, with the younger generations front and centre of this mission.
“This major new investment will ensure schools and colleges can focus on teaching, with brand new buildings and better facilities so that every child gets the world-class education all children deserve.
“Schools across the country have played their part in responding to coronavirus, ensuring their doors remained open for the children of essential workers – who have kept the NHS, public services and economy going throughout this crisis.
Mr Carter added:“I had the pleasure of visiting Evelyn Street Primary school last week; it was fantastic to see some of the brilliant artwork and to hear the steps the school has taken to make sure they’re Covid-19 secure for pupils and staff.
“As life slowly gets back to normality, we need to focus on getting children back to school and developing their learning. A big part of this is ensuring that schools like Evelyn Street and Alderman Bolton primary have facilities that are up to scratch, and the children and teachers feel comfortable.
“I know from having regular conversations with teachers that they are doing all they can to get ready for full reopening in September and to get children learning again in a safe environment”.