New roof for Chipping Sodbury School as part of £78 million investment plan

March 12 2019
New roof for Chipping Sodbury School as part of £78 million investment plan

CHIPPING Sodbury School is to get a new roof after being given £350,000 to fund the project.

The cash was announced as part of a four-year, £78 million capital investment in South Gloucestershire schools.

The money will pay for reroofing the main school building and refurbishing the toilets.

Head teacher Katherine Turner said: “We recognise we are in the same position as other schools in striving to secure improved outcomes for all our students, which is being increasingly hindered by the deterioration in the infrastructure and hence the learning environment of the school estate.

We therefore welcome the increased funding to address this long-standing issue and to support us in our drive to improve our school further. We feel strongly that students at Chipping Sodbury School should be able to work, learn and develop in a building fit for purpose.”

Investment in other schools includes £500,000 for Iron Acton Primary, where additional classroom space will be built.

Rob Taylor, speaking on behalf of the school’s governing body, said: “The school community all very much welcome the new classroom project.

It will enable us to replace tired facilities and to continue to meet the increasing demand for places. In addition, reorganising the classes into distinct key stages will benefit the children’s learning.”

Hawkesbury Primary School near Chipping Sodbury was awarded £150,000 for a new roof, while Brimsham Green School in Yate is to receive £40,000 to improve its dining facilities.

The largest sum, £14 million, went to Castle School in Thornbury and Marlwood School in Alveston for upgrading and adapting buildings across both sites.

The money is set to come from a combination of sources: £42 million from borrowing, £26 million from planning deals with developers, £6.75 million from school devolved formula grants and other central grants and £3 million from the DfE Basic Need and Condition fund.

Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Employment, Councillor Toby Savage, said: “This is the largest ever funding allocation to schools in South Gloucestershire and over the next four years I am looking forward to seeing students and teachers enjoy the benefits of an almost £78million investment, which will improve existing school facilities as well as building totally new schools so that we can deliver the best for our young people.”