Schools in Derbyshire awarded £40 million worth of building work
40 schools in Derbyshire have been awarded a share of £40 million to repair buildings and add additional space, derbyshire.gov.uk reports.
The money will be provided by the local council’s capital maintenance and basic need programme. It will help 40 schools in the area expand by building new offices, creating outdoor learning areas and renovating crumbling buildings.
Amongst those which qualified for funding is Anthony Gell School. It is currently drawing up plans to use its £363,000 lump sum on replacing wall cladding, roofing, windows and doors. Others will be looking to replace old heating systems; whilst £800,000 will be solely dedicated to installing ramps, lifts and fully-equipped toilets to make access easier for disabled pupils.
Further funds awaiting a government bid
A further £5.75 million has yet to be allocated; with the council waiting on the outcome of a government bid that could see the money go towards nearby art and language schools.
Speaking to thisisderbyshire.co.uk about the scheme, the council’s strategic director for children and younger adults, Ian Thomas, explained:
“This cash is to find new projects in the coming year and enable us to identify the most urgent issues in the asset management plan.”
“Schools will be expected to contribute up to a year’s funding they have been given directly towards the projects.”