£100k for schools in buildings grants
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