Ben Bradley, MP for Mansfield and Warsop, has welcomed over £450 million in extra funding from the Government to upgrade school buildings across the country, including at Oak Tree Primary School in Mansfield.
859 academies, sixth-form colleges and voluntary aided schools will receive a share of £456 million from the Condition Improvement Fund, with over 1,000 projects selected.
This new investment will upgrade and improve school and college facilities, providing pupils with safer and warmer classrooms, and more energy efficient school buildings.
The Government announced £1.8 billion of capital funding for the financial year 2023-24 to improve the condition of school buildings–including £1.1 billion for local authorities, large multi-academy trusts and voluntary aided bodies.
The announcement follows on from the 239 new school buildings confirmed in December as part of the Schools Rebuilding Programme, with 400 out of 500 schools and sixth form colleges now selected for rebuilds through the ten-year programme.
Commenting, Ben Bradley stated:
‘Education has always been my number one priority since first being elected in 2017. We should be proud in this country that we have a world-leading education system. However, it is important we continue to invest in safe, warm and energy efficient classrooms so pupils have the facilities they need to study effectively and succeed.’
‘That is why I welcome the news that Oak Tree Primary School has been selected as part of an additional £456 million investment into our school buildings across the country. This funding will deliver over 1,000 building improvement projects, like the one at Oak Tree.’
‘Every school should have access to high-quality facilities and our investment will deliver this so pupils can develop the skills they need for their careers as we grow the economy.’