Staffordshire School refurbishments given the green light

More schools in Staffordshire will be refurbished to ensure they provide the best environments for learning and can cope with any future demand for places. In plans agreed by Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet, scores of primary and secondary schools will benefit from extra money to carry out refurbishments. A total of £18 million will be allocated to improve classrooms, outdoor spaces and expand the schools that need it over the next year. Money will also be spent on helping schools reduce their carbon footprint, by installing LED lights and replacing old, expensive heating systems. Funding will come from government grants and contributions from schools, developers and others. County Councillor Jonathan Price, Cabinet Member for Education said: “It is essential that children and young people in the county have access to a good, local school. Every child in Staffordshire deserves the best possible education, and to leave school or college with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace or further education. Added to this, it is widely recognised that the quality of school buildings can help or hinder learning and teaching. “Our capital programme for the next year is designed to ensure we make the most of the funding we have, and work with schools to improve school infrastructure. This way, we can ensure the county’s children are learning in the best environment possible.”

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