Schools given boost by £16.7 million fund pot

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SCHOOLS in the Ripley and Heanor area are set to share part of a £16.7million fund to improve ones in the county.

Derbyshire County Council cabinet members have approved a list of maintenance projects at schools in the county – ranging from replacing rotten windows to re-roofing buildings.

Howitt Community Primary in Heanor is to receive £110,000 to replace windows along with Riddings Infant School, which will receive a £220,000 grant to replace rotten timber windows.

Riddings Junior School is due a £220,000 sum to renew slate on its roof and South Wingfield Primary School has been allocated £165,000 to replace pitched roofing.

Funds are also due be spent on rewiring and upgrading heating systems at some of the county’s primary schools.

And at some schools where pupil numbers are increasing, money will also be spent increasing capacity.

Cabinet member for education Cllr Mike Longden said: “This funding is a real shot in the arm for schools all over Derbyshire.

“While the funding we have doesn’t allow us to carry out all the schemes we would like it will still enable us to make a massive difference to the learning environment for thousands of pupils.

“We have given priority to those buildings that are in the worst condition or where improvements are needed for health and safety reasons.”