Andrew Jones MP has welcomed the announcement that St Peter’s Church of England Primary School has been selected as one of the latest 239 schools that will be rebuilt or substantially refurbished as part of the fourth round of the Government’s School Rebuilding Programme.
The programme will provide the funding to transform 500 schools across England delivering on the Government’s commitment to level up opportunity around the country by giving every child access to the best classrooms wherever they go to school.
The School Rebuilding Programme is backed by £1.8billion of Government funding this financial year helping to rebuild and refurbish primary, secondary and specialist schools in addition to sixth form colleges around England.
The funding will help to deliver state of the art learning environments for pupils such as new classrooms, science labs, sports halls, and dining halls. The majority of the projects are set to be completed in three to five years.
The new buildings will be more energy efficient for future winter resilience, helping schools keep bills down and meet net zero commitments. Selected schools include primary, secondary, special schools and 16 to 19 institutions. Over half of the successful schools are in the Midlands and the North of England.
Construction of new buildings at some of the previously announced schools is already underway with a number of projects almost completed. As well as delivering world-class learning environments for pupils, the School Rebuilding Programme will also create jobs and apprenticeships in the construction industry. Businesses will also be offering training as part of their involvement in the projects.
Commenting Andrew said: “The quality of facilities in schools can have a significant impact on a student’s learning and I have been working closely with ministers to secure investment in our schools to offer children the best opportunity to succeed.
“That is why I welcome the news that St Peter’s will benefit from the latest round of the School Rebuilding Programme, backed by £1.8 billion in 2022–23, to rebuild and refurbish 239 more schools across the country. This will create state of the art sports halls, music rooms, science labs, and dining areas.
“This investment will improve the experience of students across the country–helping them to learn, develop, and achieve their full potential.”
Education Secretary Gillian Keegan said: “Education is a top priority for this Government. That is why, despite facing challenging economic circumstances, we are investing a record amount in our schools and colleges.
“The additional funding, alongside fantastic new facilities, will mean our brilliant teachers can get on with what they do best–and inspire the next generation.”