Pendle schools to benefit from multi-million funding win, says MP
Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson has expressed his delight after several local schools were awarded funding to improve the condition of their buildings.
This came after the Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi confirmed that eight Pendle schools will receive funding through the 2022-23 round of the government’s £498 million Condition Improvement Fund.
The main aim of the Fund is keeping eligible school buildings safe and in good working order, supporting schools to address significant issues that they cannot meet using their own revenue. This includes addressing issues such as poor building condition, building compliance, energy efficiency and health and safety.
Among the successful bids from Pendle schools were projects to improve fire safety, replace boilers, rewiring and better site security.
Castercliff Primary School was also successful in obtaining support to build new classrooms. This funding is only available to schools, colleges and academies that Ofsted has rated good or outstanding and that need to expand their existing facilities or floor space to increase the number of admissions or address overcrowding.
Mr Stephenson said, “It is fantastic to see so many projects for school improvements in Pendle awarded funding, with schools from Blacko to Barnoldswick seeing much needed investment.
“With eleven projects awarded funding and awards worth £350,000 on average, this represents a potential £3.85 million investment in our local schools.
“I remain committed to working closely with local schools to support them in their mission to drive up the quality of education on offer in Pendle.”