Six Pendle schools to benefit from government funding boost

Six schools in Pendle are to benefit from funding to improve their facilities.

Six schools in Pendle are set to benefit
Six schools in Pendle are set to benefit

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson welcomed the news that Colne Park High School, Blacko Primary School, Colne Lord Street School, Castercliff Primary School, Pendle Primary Academy and Colne Primet Academy will all benefit.

Pendle has been allocated its share of the £434m. investment to expand classrooms, upgrade facilities and improve the education of children across the whole country with six schools and academies awarded funding to undertake works including replacing boilers and electrical re-wiring.

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This 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.

The Prime Minister has also announced 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.

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.

The £1 billion package is on top of the £14 billion three-year funding settlement announced last year - recognising the additional work schools will need to do to help students to catch up.

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Mr Stephenson said: “Coronavirus has taken a toll on us all, not least our children, who have been kept from their friends, their teachers and their schools.

“As we exit lockdown we must focus on getting children back to school – and ensure that schools have the facilities and classrooms they need to support the high-quality education our children deserve.

“This funding will help ensure all children have the very best possible schools and education, enabling them to gain all the knowledge and skills they need for success.”