Over 800 schools granted £450m for refurbs

Over 1,000 school building improvement projects will receive the green light today as part of plans to boost the condition of the school estate.

In total 859 academies, sixth-form colleges and voluntary aided schools will receive a share of the  £456m Condition Improvement Fund to refurbish and repair dilapidated school buildings.

The funding will ensure that pupils can learn in safe, warm and energy-efficient classrooms.

Overall, the government has committed £1.8bn of capital funding for the financial year 2023-24 to improve the condition of school buildings – including £1.1bn for local authorities, large multi-academy trusts and voluntary aided bodies announced in March.

Minister for the School System, Baroness Diana Barran said: “Our Condition Improvement Fund has already completed over eleven thousand projects, making a difference to pupils and teachers across the country.

“These funding allocations will make sure that responsible bodies can start to plan ahead and get projects started to replace roofs, boilers and windows – so pupils and teachers can learn and work in a comfortable space. “

The announcement follows on from 239 new school buildings confirmed in December as part of the separate Schools Rebuilding Programme, meaning 400 out of 500 earmarked schools and sixth form colleges are now confirmed for rebuilds over the ten-year programme.

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