Academy to get extra funding

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Staff and pupils are celebrating after it was announced Ripley Academy is in line for a share of a £2 billion Government investment.

The Academy will get a share of the Government money to refurbish its buildings, Conservative MP Nigel Mills has announced this week.

The Government has allocated a £2 billion for investment to refurbish buildings at over 270 schools across the country. The project will be completed by 2021.

While the exact figure that Ripley Academy will get has not been revealed, the school welcomed news of the investment.

Mr Mills said: “Families in Amber Valley deserve local schools with facilities that provide the best learning environment.

“It is great news that, thanks to the difficult decisions this Government has taken to deal with our deficit, it has been possible to fund this boost for Ripley Academy and address the needs of our children.

“As part of our long-term economic plan, we are delivering the best schools and skills for young people, with a million more children in schools rated good or outstanding than 2010.

“This announcement means that pupils in Amber Valley will feel the direct benefit of our plan, and will get the investment in their education that they deserve.”

Prime Minister David Cameron also praised his Government’s policy announcement.

Mr Cameron said: “Delivering great schools that can inspire future generations and give them the skills they need to thrive is central to our long term economic plan for Britain.

“Conservatives including Nigel Mills MP are working hard to ensure that we provide an education system in Amber Valley that will help children succeed in life.

“And it’s thanks to the difficult decisions we’ve made and the strong economy that we’ve built that we can continue to invest in education. Which is why today we are committing to rebuild and modernise hundreds of schools across the country - giving children a place to fulfil their potential and secure a better, brighter future.”