More funding for school building improvements

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Schoolchildren in Morpeth are benefitting from better buildings after more than £3.5million was secured for improvements.

The Three Rivers Learning Trust has successfully bid for the cash over several years to repair and maintain its King Edward VI School (KEVI) and Chantry and Newminster Middle School buildings.

It really gives the opportunity of investing in the school estate in Morpeth.

Simon Taylor, Three Rivers Executive Headteacher

The investment has come through the Education Funding Agency (EFA), with the money used for a range of projects from mundane roof repairs to the creation of state-of-the-art music facilities.

And in the latest round of awards, around £340,000 has been granted through the Government’s Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) for window replacement at KEVI.

Executive Headteacher Simon Taylor said: “The schools can apply for funding through the EFA, which is the organisation that has funded the refurbishment of the KEVI music block.

“Over the last four or five years we have been through the bidding process and have secured about £3.5million of capital funding for the three schools.

“Some of that has been for fairly ordinary stuff that has to be done, like the boilers, and the roof has been repaired, but there have also been some exciting things, like the new sixth form building and the music block.

“The latest successful bid is for the replacement of a huge amount of windows at KEVI.

“It really gives the opportunity of investing in the school estate in Morpeth.”

The window grant forms part of a £367million pot for 1,089 academies and sixth form colleges across England in 2015/16. It aims to deliver school building improvements and expansion projects to ensure pupils learn in safe, high quality classrooms with the best facilities.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said: “The money provided through the Condition Improvement Fund will help ensure that even more children have access to the best possible facilities and learn in an environment that gives them the knowledge and skills to succeed in the global race.”