£100k for schools in build­ings grants

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

HUN­DREDS of school­child­ren are ben­e­fit­ing from £100,000 in grants to­wards build­ing work.

Schools in Mac­cles­field, Sut­ton, Poyn­ton and neigh­bour­ing Dis­ley are among 19 pri­maries, sec­on­daries and chil­dren cen­tres to have al­most £1m spent on im­prov­ing the qual­ity of build­ings.

Hollinhey Pri­mary in Sut­ton was awarded £29,938 of the £35,438 it needs for new fenc­ing.

Lo­s­tock Hall in Poyn­ton got £44,250 of the £49,250 it needs to im­prove ac­ces­si­bil­ity and ex­ter­nal doors.

Park Lane Spe­cial School got £11,000 of the £14,000 needed for in­ter­nal al­ter­ations and im­prove­ments.

Dis­ley Pri­mary got £16,791 or the £18,436 needed for new play­ing field drainage.

And Goost­rey Com­mu­nity School which has pupils from the vil­lage of Lower Withing­ton got £7,564 of the £15,097 it needs to pro­vide a ded­i­cated space for mu­sic lessons.

The cash comes from a Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion cap­i­tal grant to Cheshire East Coun­cil.

Schools had to bid for the cash via the coun­cil and of­fer to pay some of the cost.

Coun­cil­lor Ge­orge Hayes, cabi­net mem­ber for chil­dren and fam­i­lies, said the ini­tia­tive shows the coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to max­imis­ing the re­turn on cap­i­tal grants and il­lus­trates the pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships with schools. He said: “We all want the best learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments for our chil­dren to achieve and de­velop to their full po­ten­tial and this scheme il­lus­trates how best to max­imise the cap­i­tal re­sources avail­able to achieve that.

“I look for­ward to visit­ing schools af­ter the sum­mer break to see th­ese new re­sources in place and to see learn­ers and staff ben­e­fit­ing from this in­vest­ment.

“This coun­cil is fully com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing suf­fi­cient school places and a va­ri­ety of projects are un­der­way.

“The fu­ture of school im­prove­ment has to be through highly ef­fec­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion and this pro­gramme il­lus­trates how school lead­ers, gover­nors and lo­cal author­ity teams can suc­cess­fully com­bine their skills and re­sources to re­ally make a dif­fer­ence for young peo­ple.’’

The to­tal cost of the projects is £1,200,935. This is made up of Govern­ment grant fund­ing of £959,497.

Park Lane Spe­cial School, Mac­cles­field, re­ceived £11,000 for in­ter­nal im­prove­ments

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